How to Sell a Gun in Maryland

The State of Maryland has various firearm laws that affect the transfer or sale of a gun. If you’re thinking of selling your gun to a private party, you will need to be up to speed with the laws and regulations that the State imposes on transfers and sales. The following guide details a portion Maryland’s gun laws and provides resources so you can make sure your in compliance before selling your firearm.

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Selling a Gun to a Private Party in Maryland

In order to sell a gun to a private party in Maryland (where both parties are not licensed dealers) you must adhere to a few restrictions.

Maryland deems handguns and assault weapons as “regulated firearms,” and therefore private sales of these firearms follow legislation that states:

  • A person who is not a licensee may not sell, rent, transfer or purchase a regulated firearm until after 7 days following the time a firearm application is executed by the firearm applicant, in triplicate, and the original is forwarded by a licensee to the Secretary
  • As an alternative to completing a secondary sale (private party sale) of a regulated firearm through a licensee, a prospective seller, lessor, or transferor and a prospective purchaser, lessee, or transferee may complete the transaction through a designated law enforcement agency

A standard rifle and shotgun do not fall under the category of “regulated firearms.”

Other Restrictions on Gun Sales in Maryland

You cannot sell/transfer a regulated firearm to any person whom you know or have reasonable cause to believe is a prohibited purchaser under federal or state law. Under Maryland state law, a person may not possess a regulated firearm if the person:

  • Has been convicted of a disqualifying crime
  • Has been convicted of a violation classified as a common law crime and received a term of imprisonment of more than 2 years
  • Is a fugitive from justice
  • Is a habitual drunkard
  • Is addicted to a controlled dangerous substance or is a habitual user
  • Suffers from a mental disorder and has a history of violent behavior against the person or another
  • Has been found incompetent to stand trial
  • Has been found not criminally responsible
  • Has been voluntarily admitted for more than 30 days to a facility defined in Section 10-101 of the Health – General Article
  • Has been involuntarily committed to a facility as defined in Section 10-101 of the Health – General Article
  • Is under the protection of a guardian appointed by a court, except for cases in which the appointment of a guardian is solely a result of a physical disability
  • Is a respondent against whom:
    • A current non ex parte civil protective order has been entered
    • An order for protection has been issued by a court of another state or a Native American tribe and is in effect
  • If under the age of 30 years at the time of possession, has been adjudicated delinquent by a juvenile court for an act that would be a disqualifying crime if committed by an adult
  • If the person was previously convicted of:
    • A crime of violence
    • A violation of several sections in the Criminal Law Article outlined here
    • An offense under the laws of another state or the United States that would constitute one of the crimes listed above if committed in this State

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References: Maryland General Assembly Code
Section 5-124 and Section 5-133

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