In the United States, the Second Amendment of the Constitution provides individuals with the right to lawfully possess firearms. While this is true, there are certain regulations that are made on a state level. In Maryland, if people are found illegally possess a firearm, they can face significant consequences as a result. If you are facing charges for the unlawful possession of a gun, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney for assistance defending your case.
How do I Get a Handgun in Maryland?
Individuals who wish to legally possess a handgun in the state of Maryland are required to obtain a handgun permit. To do so, they must first have their digital fingerprints taken. This can be done at a Maryland fingerprint processing center. These must then be given to the Maryland State Police. Once this is completed, an application can be submitted to the Maryland State Police for the Maryland Handgun Qualification License (HQL). Applicants must complete and pass the Firearms Safety Training Course.
Upon passing the training course, they can receive their HQL and verify the license with a firearms dealer. At this point, the individual can complete an application to purchase a handgun, and the dealer can submit it to the state police. The application may be approved within seven days and the legal purchase of a handgun is allowed. Persons with certain criminal convictions are barred from possessing firearms.
What are the Consequences of Illegally Possessing a Gun in Maryland?
If a person is found illegally possessing a handgun in the state of Maryland, they can receive a criminal record. This can follow a person for the rest of their life, which is why it is important to have the assistance of an aggressive and skilled criminal defense attorney who can prevent this from happening. The consequences an individual may face due to unlawful possession of a gun can include:
- A maximum of three years in jail and the possibility of a $2500 fine for first-time offenders
- A maximum of 10 years in prison as well as the possibility of a fine for second-time offenders
- Increased and mandatory penalties for persons who have certain criminal convictions or who are accused of using a gun in the commission of a crime
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The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime. If you are facing criminal charges, let our firm explore all possible defenses and fight to protect your future. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.