Legal Information: Maryland

State Gun Laws

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Updated: 
November 13, 2017

If the abuser's gun is taken away, what will happen to it?

If the judge orders that the abuser’s gun(s) be taken away, s/he will have to give up any guns in his/her possession and will have to surrender any other guns to the law enforcement agency chosen by the judge within a reasonable amount of time.*  When the protective order expires, the abuser can go to the law enforcement agency that took the gun(s) to get it back. 

If your abuser’s gun(s) is taken away at the scene of a domestic violence incident (whether or not the gun was used during the incident), the law enforcement officer will store the gun(s) until the court proceedings related to the incident are over.**

* MD Code, Fam. Law §§ 4-505(a)(2)(viii), 4-506(f)
** MD Code, Fam. Law § 4-511