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Maryland Gun Bill of Sale Form

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Maryland Gun Bill of Sale Form

Updated October 05, 2023

A Maryland gun bill of sale is a formal document that lays out all pertinent information regarding the sale or transfer of a firearm. It includes details about the buyer, the seller, and the firearm itself. It is considered a legal document, so the buyer, seller, and two (2) witnesses are required to sign the bill of sale in the presence of a notary public.

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Privately Selling a Firearm

Any individual or entity selling a firearm must be a Regulated Firearms Dealer.[1]

Prohibited from Buying

State law establishes that a person cannot possess a regulated firearm if that person:[3]

  • 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;
  • has been convicted on or after October 1, 2023, of:
    • a second or subsequent violation of § 4-104 of the Criminal Law Article; or
    • a violation of § 4-104 of the Criminal Law Article if the violation resulted in the use of a loaded firearm by a minor causing death or serious bodily injury to the minor or another person;
  • is on supervised probation after being convicted:
    • of a crime punishable by imprisonment for 1 year or more;
    • for a violation of § 21-902(b) or (c) of the Transportation Article; or
    • for violating a protective order under § 4-509 of the Family Law Article;
  • 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[4] and has a history of violent behavior against the person or another;
  • has been found incompetent to stand trial;[5] 
  • has been found not criminally responsible;[6]
  • has been voluntarily admitted for more than 30 consecutive days to a facility;[7]
  • has been involuntarily committed to a facility;
  • is under the protection of a guardian appointed by a court,[8] except for cases in which the appointment of a guardian is solely a result of a physical disability;
  • except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, is a respondent against whom:
    • a current non-ex parte civil protective order has been entered;[9] or
    • an order for protection[10] has been issued by a court of another state or a Native American tribe and is in effect; or
  • 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.

Registering a Firearm

Anyone who purchases a firearm must already have a Handgun Qualifications License issued by the Maryland State Police.[11]

Concealed Carry

Any individual who wishes to carry a concealed weapon must first possess a Handgun Wear and Carry Permit.[12]

How to Apply

A person must be at least eighteen (18) years old to apply for a Handgun Wear and Carry Permit.

Step 1 –  Complete a recognized Handgun Training course.

Step 2 – Obtain the applicant’s fingerprints.

Step 3 – Obtain a color passport-size photo of the applicant.

Step 4 – Apply for a permit through the Maryland State Police Licensing Portal.

Step 5 – Pay the filing fee.[13]

Step 6 – The MSP will approve or deny the application within ninety (90) days of receiving it.


Maryland does not have any statute about reciprocity and does not recognize any other states’ concealed carry permits.


  1. Md. Code, Pub. Safety § 5-106
  2. Regulated Firearms Dealer
  3. Md. Code, Pub. Safety § 5-133
  4. Md. Code, Health-Gen. § 10-101(i)(2)
  5. Md. Code, Crim. Proc. § 3-106
  6. Md. Code, Crim. Proc. § 3-110
  7. Md. Code, Health-Gen. § 10-101
  8. Md. Code, Est. & Trusts § 13-201(c)
  9. Md. Code, Fam. Law § 4-506
  10. Md. Code, Fam. Law § 4-508.1
  11. Handgun Qualifications License
  12. Md. Code, Pub. Safety § 5-303
  13. Filing Fee