Maryland State Courses

MD Handgun Qualification License (HQL)

As of October 1, 2013, The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (Senate Bill 281) was passed, requiring residents of the state of Maryland to possess a valid Handgun Qualification License (HQL) in order to purchase, rent or receive (transfer or take possession of) a handgun. Listed below is the link to the Maryland State Police website with additional information on who is required and who is exempt from the HQL.

Handgun Qualification License


Course Curriculum

This is a 4-hour course that satisfies the training requirement for the HQL. The law requires that within 3 years prior to the submission of an HQL application to the Maryland State Police, the applicant must complete a Firearms Safety Training Course. This course consists of the following:

• Maryland State Firearms Law
• Firearm Home Safety
• Handgun Mechanisms and Operation
• Demonstrating the use of a firearm (requires live fire exercise)


Maryland State Wear and Carry Permit

With the passage of the 2013 Firearms Safety Act, effective October 1, 2013, the training requirements for all Maryland Wear and Carry permit holders has changed. Please ensure that before you submit either an original application or renew your Wear and Carry permit that you first successfully complete the required training that we can provide at Summit Training Group, LLC.

Wear and Carry Permit training is 16 hours of instruction for an original application and 8 hours of instruction for a renewal application. As a Maryland State Police Qualified Handgun Instructor we will provide the required training that will include instruction on state firearm law, home firearm safety, handgun mechanisms and operation, and a component that requires the applicant to demonstrate gun safety and proficiency with a minimum score of 70% accuracy. Upon satisfactory completion of the course each student will receive a certificate verifying all training requirements were met.

Designated security personnel (security guards, private detectives, special police, and armored car drivers/guards) must shoot a practical police course of at least 50 rounds, from no further than 25 yards and score at least 70% accuracy.

All other applicants must shoot a course of at least 25 rounds, from no further than 15 yards and score at least 70% accuracy

 Course Curriculum

  1. Maryland State Firearm Law
  2. Home Firearm Safety
  3. Handgun Mechanisms and Operation
  4. Safe Handgun Handling and Proficiency
  5. Live Fire Shooting Component

Live fire shooting component shall be conducted at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore ranges located at: 11518 Marriottsville Rd., Marriottsville, MD 21104