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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.1

There is no exception for handgun permit holders.

Regarding handgun possession by permittees, the Secretary of State Police retains the power to further limit the geographic area, circumstances, or times in which the handgun permit is effective.2

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

  • Parks;
  • Hospitals;
  • Places of worship;
  • Bars or restaurants where alcohol is served;
  • Sports arenas;
  • Gambling facilities; or
  • Polling places.


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  1. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-208.[]
  2. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-307(b).[]