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I was talking to my boss who is in the process of purchasing a revolver and he was telling me how difficult it is to buy a firearm in MD. I was wondering if some you guys in MD can explain to me the process. He mentioned the revolver had to be on an approved list and that also he had to go to a local gun store. Is this true? Do any of you MD guys purchase from online stores such as Buds? Finally, if I purchased the revovler (I'm in VA) and then sell it to him do I need to go through a FLL located in MD or can I just sell and transfer it legally to him? Any guidance would be great. Thanks again.
 

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He needs to get his own pistol through a local FFL. It can be bought elsewhere, even online, but has to be shipped to a local FFL and they have to do the paperwork in order for him to take possession of the firearm.
 

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He needs to get his own pistol through a local FFL. It can be bought elsewhere, even online, but has to be shipped to a local FFL and they have to do the paperwork in order for him to take possession of the firearm.


I wasn't trying to do anything illegal, just trying to understand what was legal.

I did figure that it had to go through an FLL as even in VA when I purchased online it was shipped to an FLL to complete the transfer.
 

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Good, sorry if misread your question and plans.



I am not a MD resident so others will have to chime in regarding the local laws, but like you have done in the past he needs to transfer through a local FFL.



Does he (or you) know of a good local gun shop in MD? I have had LGS that did not have a problem with transfers but where I am now the LGS wants $50 for a transfer! So, I found a pawn shop that only charges $25 and I do my transfers through them.



Hope your boss finds a good deal!



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To answer your question about MD resident's purchasing guns from Bud's (copied from their website http://www.budsgunshop.com/):



BUDSGUNSHOP.COM RESTRICTED STATE SALES POLICIES



California - No Hi-Cap Mags without a Hi-Cap Mag Permit.

No Defense/Clip Fed Shotguns. No Semi-Auto Rifles. No M-16 Bolts.

Los Angeles, Sacramento, & San Francisco, CA - No Ammo without a FFL.

Connecticut - No Semi-Auto Rifles.

Hawaii - No Pistol Mags over 10rds.

Illinois - No Ammo without a FFL.

Maryland – NO GUNS PERIOD PER BUD.

Massachusetts - No Handguns. No Hi Capacity Mags.

No Defense/Clip Fed Shotguns. No Semi-Auto Rifles. No Ammo.

New Jersey - No Hi-Cap Mags over 15rds without a FFL.

New York State – Firearms legal to upper NY STATE. No Shipping to NYC

Washington DC - No Firearms. No Hi-Cap Mags. No Ammo.

Washington State - No M-16 Bolts



I have no idea what the laws are in MD, but I have seen a few places that will not ship there. Or would only ship limited items.
 

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I sold a pistol to a MD resident. I had to ship to to his FFL and the FFL had to install an approved trigger lock onto the pistol. He also had to wait 7-14 days(dont remember how many) "cooling off" time period.



He also told me that in MD you can only purchase one (1) pistol a month. He had a collectors license so that law did not apply to him. He also had a few class 3 items that I got to shoot when we met up to show items. We met just so we could shoot what we were trading but then drove back and shipped the items to the FFLs who were going to do the transfers.



Anyways its probably easier to purchase from a local gun shop...but I don't think it is impossible to buy from internet.

I am not a MD resident though so I am not 100% accurate though.
 

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He can buy from internet or local gun shop or private citizen, but it needs to go to his local shop for all paper work. The handgun must be on the approved handgun list. Where in Maryland does he live? There are several great shops and indoor ranges to assist your friend. If the firearm is brand new it has to have a fired casing sent with it from the manufacturer. Buds is one of the few shops that will not sell or transfer to the state of Marylanddue to some of the weird laws here.
 

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Maryland is complicated.



First, any sale of a firearm between residents of different states must go through an FFL. That's a federal law and has nothing to do with Maryland.



Second, in Maryland, guns must be on an approved list to be legal for sale. The list is pretty extensive and tends to limit only the very new or the very cheap guns.



Third, depending on when the gun was manufactured, it may need a spent cartridge casing and internal locking device. Gun shops in Maryland keep a supply of safe, easily used, and relatively inexpensive locks to meet this requirement.



Fourth, the purchase of a gun in Maryland requires a week-long waiting period and background check by the State Police.



Even transfers between Maryland residents are subject to some of these restrictions. Face-to-face transfers between Maryland residents must still be made through either a gun shop or a State Police barracks.



Essentially, your boss needs to go to his local gun shop. They will be perfectly prepared to help him with the transfer or purchase.
 

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As always, thanks for the great answers.

He lives in Damascus, MD. Any recommendations on reputable local guns shops you guys have experience with?

Thanks again.
 

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MD is not that hard to deal in. Just follow the guidelines on the Maryland State Police website and you shouldn't have a problem. If in doubt call the MSP and ask. I have used them in the past and they are very professional and all about keeping things legal. The benefit of using them is it only cost $10 or so for the transfer, whereas a dealer can be upwards of $50. Be careful because some dealers will charge you tax and insist they must do so. I have heard from various sources that this is wrong, but you don't want to argue with the deal who has your gun so ask before you use them.



Check out www.mdshooters.com there are some good FFLs on there that cut people good deals.
 

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Third, depending on when the gun was manufactured, it may need a spent cartridge casing and internal locking device. Gun shops in Maryland keep a supply of safe, easily used, and relatively inexpensive locks to meet this requirement.


I understand why the lock is required, but what is the reason for the spent shell casing? When I purchased my M&P9 last month (in VA) there was a casing in a little bag that was dated and signed off. I assumed that it was a QC thing that Smith did.
 

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I understand why the lock is required, but what is the reason for the spent shell casing? When I purchased my M&P9 last month (in VA) there was a casing in a little bag that was dated and signed off. I assumed that it was a QC thing that Smith did.


It's for ballistic fingerprinting. It's really just BS but is has to be done by law.



Funny story behind this in MD. Senate had a choice, give the Maryland State Police new helos ($2 mil ea) or fund a fingerprinting program to cut down on handgun felonies (~500k if I remember correctly). The senate took the cheaper route. Now the MSP has a basement full of these shell casings with no system to run them through to match them to crimes. Gotta love politics.
 

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Watch the video?!

Hey everyone, I bought my first hand gun in April of this year. The Delaware gun shop I bought it from told me about the MD state police web site I had to visit. I had to watch a video on gun safty. You regester, watch all the different parts, and print out a certificate. You will need the certificate # when your filling out the paper work.

Google...MD police fire arms safty video.
 
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