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Maryland Code, Public Safety § 5-306

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(a)?Subject to subsection (c) of this section, the Secretary shall issue a permit within a reasonable time to a person who the Secretary finds:

(1)?is an adult;

(2)(i)?has not been convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor for which a sentence of imprisonment for more than 1 year has been imposed; ?or

(ii)?if convicted of a crime described in item (i) of this item, has been pardoned or has been granted relief under 18 U.S.C. ??925(c);

(3)?has not been convicted of a crime involving the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance;

(4)?is not presently an alcoholic, addict, or habitual user of a controlled dangerous substance unless the habitual use of the controlled dangerous substance is under legitimate medical direction;

(5)?except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, has successfully completed prior to application and each renewal, a firearms training course approved by the Secretary that includes:

(i)?1.?for an initial application, a minimum of 16 hours of instruction by a qualified handgun instructor; ?or

2.?for a renewal application, 8 hours of instruction by a qualified handgun instructor;

(ii)?classroom instruction on:

1.?State firearm law;

2.?home firearm safety; ?and

3.?handgun mechanisms and operation; ?and

(iii)?a firearms qualification component that demonstrates the applicant's proficiency and use of the firearm; ?and

(6)?based on an investigation:

(i)?has not exhibited a propensity for violence or instability that may reasonably render the person's possession of a handgun a danger to the person or to another; ?and

(ii)?has good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as a finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger.

(b)?An applicant for a permit is not required to complete a certified firearms training course under subsection (a) of this section if the applicant:

(1)?is a law enforcement officer or a person who is retired in good standing from service with a law enforcement agency of the United States, the State, or any local law enforcement agency in the State;

(2)?is a member, retired member, or honorably discharged member of the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard;

(3)?is a qualified handgun instructor; ?or

(4)?has completed a firearms training course approved by the Secretary.

(c)?An applicant under the age of 30 years is qualified only if the Secretary finds that the applicant has not been:

(1)?committed to a detention, training, or correctional institution for juveniles for longer than 1 year after an adjudication of delinquency by a juvenile court; ?or

(2)?adjudicated delinquent by a juvenile court for:

(i)?an act that would be a crime of violence if committed by an adult;

(ii)?an act that would be a felony in this State if committed by an adult; ?or

(iii)?an act that would be a misdemeanor in this State that carries a statutory penalty of more than 2 years if committed by an adult.

(d)?The Secretary may issue a handgun qualification license, without an additional application or fee, to a person who:

(1)?meets the requirements for issuance of a permit under this section; ?and

(2)?does not have a handgun qualification license issued under ??5-117. 1 of this title.

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