Possession of Firearms
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Possess of Firearms
Possession of a firearm is defined as:
The Secretary of the Maryland State Police must deny a transfer of a regulated firearm when the prospective purchaser, lessee or transferee:
- Has been convicted of a crime of violence;
- Has been convicted of any Maryland-classified felony;
- Has been convicted of conspiracy to commit a felony;
- Has been convicted of a common law crime for which the person received a term of imprisonment for more than two years;
- Has been convicted of any Maryland-classified misdemeanor that carries a statutory penalty of more than two years;
- Is a fugitive from justice;
- Is a habitual drunkard;
- Is an addict or habitual user of any controlled dangerous substance;
- Is suffering from a mental disorder4 and has a history of violent behavior (unless the purchaser, lessee, or transferee possesses a physician’s certificate stating that he or she is capable of possessing a regulated firearm without undue danger to himself, herself or others);
- Has been confined for more than 30 consecutive days to a facility5 unless the purchaser, lessee, or transferee possesses a physician’s certificate stating that he or she is capable of possessing a regulated firearm without undue danger to himself, herself or others;
- Is visibly under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Is under 21 years of age;
- Is a participant in a “straw purchase;”
- Is subject to a “non ex parte civil protective order;”
- If under the age of 30 years at the time of the transaction, has been adjudicated delinquent by a juvenile court for an act that would be a disqualifying crime if committed by an adult; or
- Has not completed a certified firearms safety training course, required to obtain a regulated firearm
Possession of Ammunition
Generally, Prohibited persons may not possess ammunition after October 1, 2013, under Maryland Law after.
Minors may purchase long gun caliber ammunition.