Questions for C&R holders, especially in MD


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PAshooter
January 12, 2003, 10:10 AM
Anyone here live in Maryland and hold a C&R? Also looking for opinions from C&R holders in general.

Firstly, if you're from MD, who did you send a copy of your application to - i.e. who is the "Chief Law Enforcement Officer" referred to on the form? Would that be the State Police or the local (County) police or sheriff's office. Anything unique about MD that affects C&R holders?

Now for the general part: I'm interested in acquiring a few historic military arms (both handguns and long guns) and many of those I'm interested in fall into the C&R category. I'm wondering if it's worth the hassle (or if there is much of a hassle) to get a C&R liscense so I can buy these directly instead of going through my dealer. I've got an excellent dealer I work with who only charges $20 (plus any paperwork fee) for the transfer of any firearm - and I don't have any problem throwing business his way to keep him going. If I'm only getting a few, is it worth getting the license? Any hassles from the feds involved in having/holding a C&R? Does having a license give them the right to barge into your house any time they feel like it and demand to see your stash? Do they ever do that?

I (obviously) plan to stay on the perfectly legal side of things, but don't wish to invite any more scrutiny than we gun owners already get.

Guess I'm just looking for opinions and experiences from others before I press ahead. Thanks in advance for your input.

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Greg L
January 12, 2003, 10:24 AM
Get the C&R, your first two purchases will cover the $30 fee in lack of transfer fees (plus you will be getting them at wholesale which will save even more).

The CLEO depends on where you live. In an incorproated area it is the Chief of Police for the town. If you are in an unincorporated area it is the sheriff. Just send them a copy of you application that is the only contact that you need to have with them.

With a C&R the BATF can inspect your bound book (records) once a year. They can make an appointment to come to your house or you can go see them. They do NOT have the right to storm your house at any time (as they more or less do with a 01FFL (regular dealer)). I'm sure that they do do inspections, but I've never heard of anyone having one. YMMV.

If you are a gun owner in MD then you are already on a list. I wouldn't worry about getting on another.

Greg

Blackcloud6
January 12, 2003, 11:13 AM
Ditto what Greg said. Its really no hassel, fill out the form, send it in. The bound book is not to keep up either.

Another benny is some places like Midway, Brownells, etc. will accept it as it is an FFL and you canget to buy things from them at dealer prices. :)

JBP
January 12, 2003, 04:40 PM
The C&R is definetely worth getting in Maryland. No forms to fill out, no NICs check or fee, and no waiting time. I sent a copy of my form to the Superintendant of the State Police when I applied. The BATF (or whatever their new name is now) just sent me the form to renew my C&R.

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