Legal Information: Maryland

State Gun Laws

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Updated: 
November 13, 2017

If the abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or felony, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

No. Under federal law, if the abuser has been convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor, s/he cannot have or buy a gun.*  If you're not sure if s/he has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, see What crimes are considered domestic violence misdemeanors?

In addition, Maryland state law says that anyone who has been convicted of a "crime of violence" or certain drug-related offenses (listed in section 5-133(c)(1)(ii)) cannot have or buy a gun.**  A “crime of violence” is defined as any of the following crimes:

  • abduction;
  • arson in the first degree;
  • assault in the first or second degree;
  • burglary in the first, second, or third degree;
  • carjacking and armed carjacking;
  • escape in the first degree;
  • kidnapping;
  • voluntary manslaughter;
  • maiming;
  • mayhem;
  • murder in the first or second degree;
  • rape in the first or second degree;
  • robbery;
  • robbery with a dangerous weapon;
  • sexual offense in the first, second, or third degree;
  • home invasion;
  • an attempt to commit any of the above crimes;
  • home invasion; or
  • assault with intent to commit any of the above crimes or a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year.***

* 18 USC § 922(g)(9)
** MD Code, Public Safety § 5-133(c)
*** MD Code, Public Safety, § 5-101(c)