Skip to Main Content
Last updated .

As of October 1, 2023, Maryland prohibits firearms at

  • Areas for children and vulnerable adults including preschools and private K-12 elementary schools.1
  • A government or public infrastructure area including
    • A building owned or leased by a unit of state or local government;
    • A public or private building of an institution of higher education; or
    • A location that is currently being used as a polling place or canvassing ballots.((Id. at (d)
  • A special purpose area including
    • Locations licensed to sell or dispense alcohol or cannabis for on-site consumption;
    • Stadiums;
    • Museums;
    • Amusement parks;
    • Racetracks; or
    • Video lottery facilities, as defined.2

Even in these otherwise prohibited locations, gun owners may carry their firearms in their vehicles if they are in locked containers or carried by individuals with concealed carry permits.3

Also beginning on October 1, 2023, a person may not bring a firearm into privately-owned property that is open to the public unless the property owner has posted signage that guns may be carried onto the property, or given express permission to an individual to carry.4

Maryland prohibits the possession of a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, at a demonstration in a public place or in a vehicle within 1,000 feet of such demonstration after law enforcement has:

  • Advised the person that a demonstration is occurring at the public place; and
  • Ordered the person to leave the demonstration area until he or she has disposed of the firearm.5

There is no exception for handgun permit holders.

Maryland has no statutes prohibiting the possession of firearms with a proper permit in the following locations, although administrative regulations may apply:

  • Parks;
  • Hospitals; or
  • Places of worship.


Our experts can speak to the full spectrum of gun violence prevention issues. Have a question? Email us at

  1. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-111(a) and (c).[]
  2. Id. at (e).[]
  3. Id. at (b)(11).[]
  4. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 6-411(d).[]
  5. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-208.[]