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Legal Information: Maryland

State Gun Laws

November 27, 2023

I have a temporary order against the abuser. Can his/her gun be taken away?

As part of a protective order hearing, a judge can order the respondent to give to law enforcement any firearm in his/her possession and to not have/use any firearm while you have the temporary protective order if the abuse consisted of:

  • the use or threatened use of a firearm by the respondent against you; or
  • serious bodily harm to you, or a threat to cause serious bodily harm to you.1

However, if there is no specific mention of a firearm restriction in the temporary order, then you may have to wait until you are given a permanent order.

1 MD Code, Family Law § 4-505(a)(2)(viii)