Maryland Wear & Carry - do I qualify?

I frequently am asked "Can I get my Maryland concealed carry permit?"

To answer that question - I'm going to provide you word for word what the application asks.

I'm going to go through each section.  The application in the Maryland State Police Licensing Portal is dynamic - so it changes depending on your answers.

Section #1

Application Information - this section is simply your demographics, residential & identification information. 

In this section, you will need your PCN number.  This is provided by the company that did your Livescan fingerprinting.

You will also need to know the MDSP-Issued Qualification Handgun Instructor Number for the instructor who provided your 16-hour concealed carry class.  Both of the items are required before starting your application.

Section #2

Handgun Permit Category - this is the section where you tell the MSP the category that is most applicable to your application. Your answers will determine what 'proof' you must provide as I'll explain later.

  • Owner or Employee of a Business​

  • Federal Employee or Contractor

  • Assumed Risk Position

  • Active or Former Law Enforcement

  • Private Detective / Security Guard / Special or Railroad Police

  • Personal Protection / Category Not Listed Above

The following information is taken DIRECTLY from the application on what is required for each category.

  • Owner or Employee of a Business

    • Submit photocopies of a Trader's License, Business License, or other legal document to prove the existence of the business or organization.

    • Business Activities - Provide documentation of business activities that would justify carrying a handgun, such as the transport of financial instruments or other items of value. Examples of acceptable documentation would include (but are not limited to):

      • At least six (6) recent deposit slips documenting business revenue.

      • 3 Months of recent bank statements documenting ATM or teller deposits or withdrawals for business revenue or expenses; AND/OR

      • At least ten (10) recent receipts or invoices for purchased supplies, delivered products, or non-electronic payments collected for services provided by the business.

 

  • Business Employee / Organization Member

    • Must also provide a letter from your employer/organization on business stationery explicitly requesting that you be allowed to carry a handgun for business/organization duties.

    • This letter must also explain, in detail, the duties that would require you to carry a handgun.

    • If the request includes duties as defined above, please select the “Business Activities” category and provide the appropriate documentation.

 

  • Federal Employee or Contractor

    • Who possess an active “Top Secret” or higher security clearance

 

  • Assumed Risk Position

    • Correctional Officers, Judges, State’s Attorney, Assistant State’s Attorney, and Elected Officials

 

  • Active or Former Law Enforcement

    • Law Enforcement (Active, Retired, or Resigned in good standing from a recognized law enforcement agency)

 

  • Private Detective / Security Guard / Special or Railroad Police

    • All applicants who are employed as Private Detectives, Security Guards, Special Police, and Railroad Police, must submit a certification of qualification with a handgun from a Maryland State Police Certified Handgun Instructor on an MSP form

    • A copy of the form letter supporting “good and substantial reasons,” ownership of weapon, and location where the weapon will be maintained is also required. (This form can be obtained from your employer)

 

  • Personal Protection / Category Not Listed Above

    • There must be documented evidence of recent threats, robberies, and/or assaults, supported by official police reports or notarized statements from witnesses.

Documentation may not be redacted, with the exception of personal identifiers of customers or other third parties. Additional documentation may be required to complete your investigation.

This section will also allow you to say if you are exempt from the fee. Exemptions are for a Maryland state employee who is required to carry a firearm for their job or is a retired Maryland law enforcement officer.

Fee for your first application is $75

Your first permit is good for 2 years.

When you renew, the cost is $50 and the renewed permit is good for 3 years.

Section #3

Applicant Questionnaire

This section asks 14 questions that are similar to the federal forms when you purchase a handgun.

  1. Have you ever been served with an ex-parte or protection order for domestic violence?

  2. Have you ever been ARRESTED for a violation of any criminal law?

  3. Have you ever been CHARGED for a violation of any criminal law?

  4. Have you ever been CONVICTED for a violation of any criminal law?

  5. Have you ever been served with a criminal summons?

  6. Are you currently on parole or probation or mandatory supervision?

  7. Have you ever been confined or committed, including voluntary commitment, to a mental institution or hospital for treatment of a mental disorder or disorders?

  8. Are you currently, or have you ever been, addicted to alcohol; or, are you currently being treated for alcoholism?

  9. Are you addicted to or have you ever been addicted to controlled dangerous substances?

  10. Are you currently being treated, or have you ever been treated, for an addiction to controlled dangerous substances?

  11. Have you ever been employed as a Police Officer? (Does not include being a Special Police Officer)

  12. Has your handgun permit, license, certification, or registration in Maryland or any other state or jurisdiction ever been denied, suspended, revoked, or terminated?

  13. Have you ever been a member of the United States Armed Forces? If you answered yes, you will need to attach a copy of your DD-214 as part of the application process.

  14. Are you an armored car guard?

Provide a detailed explanation for all "Yes" responses by including the date, circumstances, and/or charge if applicable. You must attach OFFICIAL court dispositions and any other documents necessary to fully answer all questions to this application.

Question #15 is what makes Maryland a MAY ISSUE state and not a SHALL ISSUE state!

It simply asks "Reason for a Handgun Permit (Be Specific)"

This is where you must give the Maryland State Police your Good & Substantial Reason.  

The MSP website references 2 cases:

Section #4

Employment Details

In this section, you provide the details of where you've worked over the past 5 years.

Section #5

Domestic Relationship

In this section you'll list your closest domestic relationship such as current spouse, significant other, or cohabitant OR, if not applicable, any former spouse within the past 5 years. 

  • During the investigation, the MSP WILL contact this person and ask them questions about your mental state and use of drugs and alcohol.

Section #6

References

In this section, you'll submit the names of at least 3 reputable citizens who have known you, the applicant, for more than two (2) years, and are not related in any way to you, the applicant.

Section #7

Documentation

In this section, you'll attach all of your documentation.

You'll need a passport size photo, 2"x2", head & shoulder with a white background, full face, no hat, no dark glasses.

You'll also need certificate of handgun training or documentation of exemption.  The qualification score sheet (MSP 29-14) must be signed by a Qualified Handgun Instructor certified by the MSP.  

You'll then attach a copy of the Livescan receipt.

Now - this is where the required documentation changes based on the category you chose in Section #2.

If you chose BUSINESS OWNER:

  • Copy of traders license or business license this is required if you are applying as an owner or employee of a business or for professional activities.

  • Proof of business / organization activity provide documentation of business activities that would justify carrying a handgun, such as the transport of financial instruments or other items of value.

    • Examples of acceptable documentation would include (but are not limited to)

      • at least six (6) recent deposit slips documenting business revenue

      • 3 months of recent bank statements documenting atm or teller deposits or withdrawals for business revenue or expenses AND/OR

      • at least ten (10) recent receipts or invoices for purchased supplies, delivered products, or non-electronic payments collected for services provided by the business

If you chose EMPLOYEE:

  • Copy of traders license or business license this is required if you are applying as an owner or employee of a business or for professional activities.

  • Proof of business / organization employment a letter from the applicant's employer/organization on business stationery is required.

    • The letter must explicitly state that the employer is requesting that the applicant carry a handgun while conducting business activities.

    • This letter must also describe, in detail, the nature of the business activities that would necessitate that the applicant carry a handgun.

    • Proof of employment is required for individuals conducting business activities as an employee of a business.

      • Accepted forms of documentation include a recent w2, w4, paycheck stub, or other official document(s).

      • For individuals conducting volunteer business activities for charities, civic organizations, religious establishments, etc., proof of employment is not required.

If you chose PERSONAL PROTECTION:

  • Personal protection documentation

    • There must be documented evidence of recent threats, robberies, and/or assaults, supported by official police reports or notarized statements from witnesses.

Conclusion - SAFE Firearms Training, LLC does NOT agree with the MSPs use of a Good & Substantial Reason to determine if an American citizen should be issued a carry permit. We are NOT in the business of taking your money in a 16-hour concealed carry class in the 'hopes' of getting you approved. Please ensure that you have read and understand what the MSP is going to ask you to provide. Keep in mind, MSP does issue permits with RESTRICTIONS, usually for employees. If the MSPs denies your application, you do have the right and ability to appeal the decision. We really hope that this information helps you make an informed decision on whether or not to apply for a Maryland Wear & Carry permit.

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