Purchasing a firearm can be an intimidating process for someone who has not experienced it before.
Firearms in the state of Maryland can be defined in one of two ways: Regulated and Non-Regulated.
Non-Regulated firearms include most rifles and shotguns, while Regulated firearms include most handguns and assault rifles.
Regulated Firearm Sale
There are a number of forms to complete while you are at the store, followed by a mandatory waiting period during which time the Maryland State Police will complete a background check. After the state advises us that you have not been disapproved for the sale and the waiting period has been completed, we will release the firearm to you.
To make the process go smoothly please bring the following with you to the store:
Driver's License or other government issued photo ID
Proof of a Maryland approved firearms safety course
Maryland Concealed Handgun Permit (if applicable)
Military or Police ID (if applicable)
Frequently, customers will use the online Maryland Firearms Safety Training course to satisfy the approved safety course requirement. It can be completed on any computer with internet access and does not expire. Visit http://www.mdgunsafety.com for more information.
After making copies of your documents, we will take the time to walk you through the entire process. The forms which you fill out can be broken down into three categories:
Forms for the State of Maryland
Forms for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
Forms for our in-store records
There is no need to try to fill these forms out ahead of time, we'll take care of everything in the store at the time of your purchase.
Non-Regulated Firearm Sale
While we like to think that we make the Regulated Firearm Sale process as pain-free as possible, the Non-Regulated Firearm Sale process is even easier. A Non-Regulated Firearm Sale will forgo the Maryland State Police background check and waiting period. Instead, we will use the same Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms form as described above.
With this form, we can call an ATF hotline and have them complete an instant background check on you. When the ATF allows us to proceed you can leave the store with your new purchase.