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Maryland prohibits the knowing transportation of a handgun, whether openly or concealed, on or about the person or in a vehicle traveling on a state highway, waterway, airway, or road or parking lot generally used by the public.1 Exceptions to these provisions include transporting a handgun to or from:

  • A place of purchase or repair;
  • A residence and business; or
  • An organized military activity, formal or informal target practice, sport shooting event, or hunting.2

Under these exceptions, the handgun must be unloaded and carried in an enclosed case or holster.3 Persons with a permit to wear, carry, or transport the handgun are exempt.4

Maryland prohibits the possession of a loaded handgun or shotgun, or a rifle containing any ammunition in the magazine or chamber, in or on an automobile or other vehicle.5

Maryland also prohibits any person from boarding, attempting to board, or being aboard a commercial aircraft with a firearm, whether openly carried or concealed.6


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  1. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-203(a)(1).[]
  2. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-203(b)(3), (4).[]
  3. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-203(b)(3).[]
  4. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-203(b)(2).[]
  5. Md. Code Ann., Nat. Res. § 10-410(c)(1).[]
  6. Md. Code Ann., Transp. § 5-1008.[]