Maryland has some of the strongest gun laws in the country, earning an A- in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Since 2018, Maryland has allowed a family member, law enforcement officer, or mental health professional to temporarily disarm an individual in crisis. In 2017, Maryland had the 22nd-lowest gun death rate among the states and imported crime guns from other states at the highest rate in the country. To further strengthen its gun laws, Maryland legislators could regulate undetectable and untraceable firearms (also known as ghost guns) and increase funding to community violence intervention programs.

  • Universal background checks for handguns and assault weapons

  • Handgun purchaser licensing with safety training

  • Handgun and assault weapon dealer licensing

  • Extreme risk protection order law

  • Safety training for handgun purchasers

  • Handgun and assault weapon purchases limited to one per person per month

  • Waiting period for handguns and assault weapons

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Large capacity magazine ban and partial assault weapon ban

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Investment in evidence-based community violence intervention strategies

  • Universal background checks for long guns

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition