Long Gun Purchase in maryland


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seggerty
August 26, 2007, 05:17 PM
I recently left the military and moved from Florida where I am a resident to maryland but have not switched my Drivers license over yet. I was looking at a leveraction rifle and was told I could not purchase because I was not a Maryland resident. I thought that restriction was for handguns but maybe Maryland has some law against long gun purchases as well. Searching the web all I could find was 90 day requirements for non US citizens. Is there some other law because I have purchased long guns in other states before with my Florida licsense. Thanks

Ryan

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jrhines
August 26, 2007, 05:20 PM
...If you can prove you are a Md resident (utility bill, rental contract, military orders) you can buy what ever you want ( as long as it is legal in Md).

seggerty
August 26, 2007, 05:32 PM
When I say recently I am talking within the last month and the shop owner said I would need my orders and 3 months of utility bills.

Ryan

Novus Collectus
August 26, 2007, 05:33 PM
Depends on the long gun because some are regulated by the state.
If it is a non-regulated long gun, then even as a Florida resident I believe you could buy a long gun in a non adjacent state, but since MD has its own restriction to only allow adjacent state residents to purchase long guns here, it may not be permissible for a Florida resident to purchase.

Since you are a MD resident and accorting to fed law you have intent to remain a MD resident, you are allowed to purchase a long gun in MD as well as regulated firearms. The problem is that you need to show the MD FFL or MD licensed dealer (there is a distinction) that you are a current resident enough to show them you are legit. Problem with MD licensed dealers is that they are understandably anal about not making a legal mistake on transfers so many will refuse to sell you a long gun unless you have a state issued ID with a MD address (I believe passports would work too).

You can legally purchase a long gun from another state resident without going through an FFL or the Maryland State Police by the way. Just make sure the other person sees some proof you are a resident to keep them out of trouble.

seggerty
August 26, 2007, 05:49 PM
thanks for the quick response. I plan on moving into a new house the middle of next month so I was holding off on getting my license until I had a more permanent residence. Maybe I will put the gun on lay-away until I get my new license.

ryan

jrhines
August 26, 2007, 08:50 PM
If it is a long gun (not a regulated EBR) the state has no dog in the fight. The only form you will fill out is a Fed 4473 and it does not go to or through the state, it sits at the FFL for 20 years. If you are not a resident but portrayed yourself as one in the 4473 then you have commited a felony and the Feds might have issue with you. But the dealer (who to sell a gun in Md must have a Md Regulated firearms dealers license) has to be satisfied you are a resident, and so may be a bit AR. YMMV

Novus Collectus
August 26, 2007, 09:01 PM
But the dealer (who to sell a gun in Md must have a Md Regulated firearms dealers license) The MD regulated dealers license is just required for regulated firearms. As I understand it an 01 FFL that is not licensed to sell regulated firearms in MD can still transfer and sell unregulated long guns.

5-106.
(a) A person must lawfully possess a dealer's license issued by the Secretary before the person engages in the business of selling, renting, or transferring regulated firearms.


(b) One dealer's license is required for each place of business where regulated firearms are sold.


Note: While there are some 01 FFLs in MD that only sell long guns, the majority are MD licensed regulated firearms dealers.

jpk1md
August 26, 2007, 11:16 PM
Make a quick run to Motor Vehicles and get a Md License and the purchase should be a non issue.

Novus Collectus
August 26, 2007, 11:40 PM
He said he is moving to another house in MD in about a month. NOt sure how much the MVA charges for a change of address on the license nowadays, that would still be another Saturday morning spent in an MVA near him and an x number of bucks.
Still sounds like his best plan though.

NavyDoc
August 27, 2007, 11:54 AM
I'm a resident of Michigan and stationed in Montgomery County, Maryland. (Bethesda Naval Hospital...when I'm not deployed). I have purchased multiple guns: ARs, handguns, DSA FAL, and even a Barrett. All Gilberts has asked for was my military ID, a set of orders putting me in Maryland, and something with my name and Maryland address together: utility bill, cable bill, etc.
It's been easy and w/out hassle. Perhaps your local shop is being an wee bit anal?

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