Maryland Handgun Qualification License (HQL) training is a four-hour block of instruction which includes classroom instruction on state firearm law, home firearm safety, handgun mechanisms and operation, and a component that requires the applicant demonstrate the ability to safely fire a handgun.
How do I Obtain a Maryland HQL?
Training is valid for 3 years and must be completed prior to submitting an application for a Handgun Qualification License. See Maryland State Police website for exemptions and details.
Do I need a Maryland HQL?
A person may not purchase, rent, or receive a handgun in Maryland after October 1, 2013 unless they possess a valid Handgun Qualification License (HQL) issued by the Maryland State Police. See Maryland State Police website for exemptions and details.