From Del. Kathy Szeliga:
Welcome to another edition of the Delegate Szeliga Weekly Update! This week, the update will be covering firearm issues, specifically mental health and school safety legislative initiatives that I support. I also wanted to provide you with current firearm laws in Maryland, as I have found that most people do not know details on Maryland’s current firearm laws.
Please view my latest YouTube: Szeliga and Aumann Mental Health, School Safety, and Current Gun Law
According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Maryland is already a strict gun law state, ranked as the 7th strictest in the nation.
CURRENT MARYLAND FIREARM LAWS
Fully automatic firearms (machine guns – trigger held down it continues to fire):
A licensed dealer gives federal forms to purchaser, State Police processes and signs off on it; ATF runs a thorough background check with the FBI, photographs & fingerprints submitted – takes at least six months. Exceedingly expensive – firearm alone is $5,000 to over $50,000.
Semi-automatic firearms: (trigger must be pulled and released for each action) – semi-automatic firearms have been around since the late 1890s.
Semi-Auto Rifles & Shotguns:
Non-Regulated rifles and shotguns: Maryland residents can purchase a rifle or shotgun from a licensed firearms dealer if they have identification and are 18 years or older. An instant background check is performed in the store and purchasers can take the purchased rifle or shotgun home with them that day.
Regulated rifles and shotguns: (regulated rifles and shotguns are basically “scary” looking semi-auto firearms that the state calls “assault weapons”)
Maryland residents can purchase a regulated rifle or shotgun from a licensed firearms dealer if they have identification and are 21 years or older. There is a “7 Day Waiting Period,” where applicants must submit a form to the State Police (77R) wherein the State Police do a background check using multiple databases. A form is returned to the dealer and if approved, the dealer can release the firearm to the purchaser. There is a cursory mental health check component in this process.
On-line Firearm Safety class required (click to take)
Handguns: (ALL handguns):
Treated the same as regulated rifles and shotguns above.
Registration - YES for regulated rifles, shotguns and all handguns.
Licensing of owners – No
Permit to carry a firearm – VERY hard to get – VERY limited in Maryland
Purchasing firearms from a gun show or private sale: Same laws apply as above. Forms must be processed through a licensed firearm dealer or directly with the State Police.
There is no “gun show loophole” in Maryland.
Out of State purchases – If it’s a non-regulated rifle or shotgun, you can purchase it in a contiguous state and all state and federal laws still apply. If it’s a regulated firearm in Maryland, you can still make the purchase, but the dealer must ship it to a Maryland licensed dealer who will follow all Maryland laws. Private out-of-state purchases – you cannot purchase a regulated firearm outside of your state without going through a licensed Maryland dealer and following all Maryland laws.
Transporting firearms – In Maryland, the firearm must be unloaded, not accessible (in the trunk) and ammo stored in a separate location. Transport is only to and from the range and other lawful firearm related events.
Trigger Locks – In Maryland, all handguns must have an integrated locking device.
MENTAL HEALTH AND SCHOOL SAFETY
What I support:
House Bill 424 – Criminal Procedure – Crimes of Violence Involving Firearms – Diminution Credits, Parole, and Plea Agreements. Those convicted of drug and gun related crimes should serve the maximum sentence and not be eligible for time off for good behavior or any form for a reduced sentence.
House Bill 165 – Elementary and Secondary Education – Security – School. Providing that each school in Maryland would have a Security Resource Officer to assist security in each of our schools.
House Bill 1258 – Mental Hygiene – Reform of Laws and Delivery of Services. Forms a task force to study improving hospital admission for mental health services.
House Bill 969 – Commission to consider mental health related ways to limit mass violence by individuals with antisocial personality disorders, depressive disorders, or other mental illness. The title is self explanatory.
You can always listen and watch House of Delegates committee hearings at:
For more information on Maryland’s current gun laws, please follow this link:
Thanks and Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Click here: Delegate Kathy Szeliga
303 House Office Building
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Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Please keep them coming my way.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga