Due to the high demand for MD Handgun Permit training classes, we have suspended this training course.

Handgun Qualification License (HQL) Training Course


Our HQL class is a hands-on shooting course that provides you with the training, on-site Livescan fingerprinting (provided by 1A Fingerprinting), and MSP application assistance to be able to apply for a Maryland Handgun Qualification License. We cannot guarantee that you will receive your HQL from the Maryland State Police, as we are not part of the approval process.

Our course fees are non-refundable upon completion of the training course.

Federal law bars medical cannabis patients from purchasing or possessing firearms. The Federal Gun Control Act, 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3), prohibits any person who is an "unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)" from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition. Marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I controlled substance, and there are no exceptions in Federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by State law.

If you are any of the following, you do not need the HQL:

  • Active duty military, Reserves or National Guard
  • Retired military
  • Active law enforcement officer (Maryland or federal agency)
  • Retired law enforcement officer (Maryland or federal agency)

If you are any of the following, you do not need the training class:

You still need fingerprints and complete your application on Maryland State Police's website:

  • Former military (with honorable discharge)
  • Former law enforcement officer
  • Own a regulated firearm
  • Have completed a hunter safety course

If you currently hold a valid Maryland permit to carry a handgun, you are exempt from the training course and fingerprints. You will still need to complete a no-cost appication on Maryland State Police's website.

Course Length
4.0 hours
What You'll Learn in This Course
  • Maryland firearms laws
  • Firearms safety
  • Securing your firearms at home
  • Handgun mechanisms and operation
  • Ammunition types and safe storage
  • Introduction to the fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Cleaning and maintenance of handguns
What's Included in This Course
  • Classroom training
  • Live-fire of a handgun (provided free of charge)
  • On-site Livescan fingerprinting (provided by 1A Fingerprinting)
  • Instant student verification
  • HQL application assistance ($50 application fee not included)
What's Not Included in This Course
$50 application fee which is paid directly to the Maryland State Police at the time of application.
$149.00 per person

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