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In Maryland, any person, whether a licensed dealer or private seller, who sells, rents or otherwise transfers a “regulated firearm” (handgun or assault weapon) may not transfer the firearm until seven days have elapsed following the time a prospective purchaser completes an application to purchase a regulated firearm, and the application is forwarded to the Secretary of the Maryland State Police.1

There is no waiting period for the transfer of a rifle or shotgun (except for an assault weapon) in Maryland.

 See our Waiting Periods policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety §§ 5-123(a), 5-124(a)(1).[]