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Long Gun Purchase in maryland

Discussion in 'Legal' started by seggerty, Aug 26, 2007.

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  1. seggerty

    seggerty Member

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    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
     
  2. jrhines

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    Who told you ...

    ...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).
     
  3. seggerty

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    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.

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  4. Novus Collectus

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    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.
     
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    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.

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    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
     
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    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.

    Note: While there are some 01 FFLs in MD that only sell long guns, the majority are MD licensed regulated firearms dealers.
     
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    Make a quick run to Motor Vehicles and get a Md License and the purchase should be a non issue.
     
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    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.
     
  10. NavyDoc

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    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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