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    Maryland Restrictions


    DISCLAIMER: K-Var will not modify a firearm from its manufactured packaging in order to make it compliant for state laws. K-Var will not ship firearms to a third party to be modified or changed in any way from manufactured specifications. All purchased firearms must be compliant “as is” from the manufacturer before the item(s) will ship. Information regarding State and local restrictions, laws and ordinances presented on this page are generalized summations of the above named State’s law, provided for customer convince. Laws and ordinances for firearms, ammunition, and certain other items are however, subject to change, without notice. It is the responsibility of the customer to know his or her own State and local restrictions.

    State Regulations

    Subject Matter

    Rifle / Shotgun


    Relevant Statute

    General Description

    State Permit Required to Purchase



    Md. Code Ann. Pub. Safety Art. 5 § 117.1

    A Handgun Qualification License is required, unless exempted (Active Duty/Retired Military with identification cards, Active/Retired Law Enforcement with department credentials, Federal Firearms Licensees); training is required, unless exempted; fingerprints are required; background checks are required; does not invalidate the requirement to perform a comprehensive background check for every handgun purchase transaction

    State Firearm Registration




    The state police maintain a permanent record of all handgun transfers.

    Assault Weapon Restrictions



    Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law §§ 4-301(d), 4-303(a)

    Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-101(r)(2)

    Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-301(c).

    Certain models of firearms are banned as assault pistols and assault long guns. Maryland law defines “assault long guns” to include a list of 45 specified firearms or their copies, including certain variations of those models.. Maryland also defines “assault pistols” to include 15 specified firearms or their copies, including certain variations of those models. Provided are links to the Maryland State Police Reviewed Firearms List and Reviewed Handguns

    It is illegal to possess an assault weapon or a copycat weapon with TWO or more specified features (folding stock, flare launcher, flash suppressor) unless owned before 10/1/2013, or received through inheritance from a lawful possessor and not otherwise forbidden to possess

    Magazine Capacity Restrictions



    Md Criminal Law § 4-303.

    Firearms Safety Act of 2013 (Laws of Md.)

    Illegal to purchase, sell or manufacture magazines with a capacity of greater than 10 rounds within Maryland. However, possession of magazines greater than 10 rounds is legal if purchased out of state. These may not, however, be transferred to a subsequent owner unless done so outside the state of Maryland.

    State Preemption of Local Restrictions



    Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-209(a).

    Maryland has state preemption for most but not all firearm laws.

    NFA Weapon Restrictions




    Automatic firearms, SBSs, and SBRs must be owned in compliance with federal law. Law is silent with respect to suppressors/silencers

    Prohibited Items


    A semiautomatic centerfire rifle that can accept a detachable magazine and has any two of the following: 1) A folding stock; 2) A grenade or flare launcher; or 3) A flash suppressor

    A semiautomatic centerfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds

    A semiautomatic centerfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 29 inches


    A semiautomatic shotgun that has a folding stock

    A shotgun with a revolving cylinder.

    Shotguns with a capacity over 10 rounds in a detachable magazine


    A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds

    Accessories / Ammunition

    Magazines over 10 rounds are prohibited.

    Stun guns, TASERs, and Defense spray sales are not permitted in the City of Baltimore, Baltimore Country, or Howard Country

    LAW ENFORCMENT EXEMPTIONS: Active Maryland Law Enforcement are exempt from the restrictions with Proper Credentials on file. They must provide a Valid, Non Expired LE Photo ID and Department Authorization on Department Letterhead. LE letterheads must be submitted for each purchase.


    This list is not exhaustive and is only what was provided by state of Maryland legislation. These specified firearms and their copies are prohibited.


    AA Arms AP–9 semiautomatic pistol

    American Arms Spectre da Semiautomatic


    AK–47 in all forms

    Algimec AGM–1 type semi–auto

    AR 100 type semi–auto

    AR 180 type semi–auto

    Argentine L.S.R. semi–auto

    Australian Automatic Arms SAR type semi–auto

    Auto–Ordnance Thompson M1 and 1927 semi–



    Barrett light .50 cal. semi–auto

    Beretta AR70 type semi–auto

    Bushmaster semiautomatic pistol

    Bushmaster semi–auto rifle


    Calico models M–100 and M–900

    CIS SR 88 type semi–auto

    Claridge HI TEC C–9 carbines

    Claridge HI–TEC semiautomatic pistol

    Colt AR–15, CAR–15, and all imitations

    EXCEPT Colt AR–15 “Sporter” H–

    BAR rifle


    D Max Industries semiautomatic pistol

    Daewoo MAX 1 and MAX 2, aka AR 100,

    110C, K–1, and K–2

    Dragunov Chinese made semi–auto

    E.– G.

    Encom MK–IV, MP–9, or MP–45

    semiautomatic pistol

    Famas semi–auto (.223 caliber)

    Feather AT–9 semi–auto

    FN LAR and FN FAL assault rifle

    FNC semi–auto type carbine

    F.I.E./Franchi LAW 12 and SPAS 12 assault


    Galil models AR and ARM semi–auto


    Heckler and Koch HK–91 A3, HK–93 A2, HK 94 A2 and A3

    Heckler and Koch semiautomatic SP–89 pistol

    Holmes model 88 shotgun

    Holmes MP–83 semiautomatic pistol


    Ingram MAC 10/11 semiautomatic pistol and

    variations including Partisan Avenger and the SWD Cobray

    Intratec TEC–9/DC–9 semiautomatic pistol in

    any centerfire variation

    Avtomat Kalashnikov semiautomatic rifle in any



    Manchester Arms “Commando” MK–45, MK–9

    Mandell TAC–1 semi–auto carbine

    Mossberg model 500 Bullpup assault shotgun;

    Sterling Mark 6

    P.A.W.S. carbine

    P.A.W.S. type semiautomatic pistol


    Ruger mini–14 folding stock model (.223


    SIG 550/551 assault rifle (.223 caliber)

    SKS with detachable magazine

    Skorpion semiautomatic pistol

    Spectre double action semiautomatic pistol (Sile,

    F.I.E., Mitchell) AP–74 Commando type semi–auto

    Springfield Armory BM–59, SAR–48, G3,

    SAR–3, M–21 sniper rifle, M1A, EXCEPT the M1 Garand

    Street sweeper assault type shotgun

    Striker 12 assault shotgun in all formats

    Steyr–AUG–SA semi–auto


    Unique F11 semi–auto type

    Daewoo USAS 12 semi–auto shotgun

    UZI 9mm carbine or rifle

    UZI semiautomatic pistol

    Valmet M–76 and M–78 semi–auto

    Weaver Arms “Nighthawk” semi–auto carbine

    Weaver Arms semiautomatic Nighthawk pistol

    Wilkinson Arms 9mm semi–auto “Terry”

    Wilkinson semiautomatic “Linda” pistol