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Handgun Permit Review Board

The Handgun Permit Review Board (HPRB) meets at 100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 20132. Meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm on the following Tuesday dates:

Meeting Dates

January - 9th, 23rd
February - 6th, 13th
March - 6th, 20th
April - 3rd, 17th
May - 1st, 15th, 29th
June - 5th, 19th
July - 3rd, 17th, 31st
August - 7th, 21st
September - 4th, 18th
October 2nd, 16th
November 20th
December - 4th, 18th
*additional meeting dates will be posted as they become available*

Board Members

Robert D. H. Wilson, Chairman
John H. Michel, Esq., Vice Chairman
Jacques R. Cowan, Board Member
Bryan Fischer, Board Member
Carol Loveless, Board Member
Michael H. Stelmack, Executive Director
James S. Pasko, Assistant Attorney General
F. Todd Taylor, Jr., Executive Director
Stevi Ambrose, Administrator

The Handgun Permit Review Board (HPRB) was established in 1972 (Chapter 13, Acts of 1972) to review Maryland State Police decisions regarding handgun permits.

The Governor appoints the board's five members from the general public to three-year terms, with the advice and consent of the Senate (Public Safety Article, §5-302).

Wear and Carry Handgun Permit Application

A handgun permit application can be obtained from the Maryland State Police by clicking the following link:

Wear and Carry Handgun Permit Application

MD State Police's Informal Review

A person who is denied a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun, renewal of a permit, or whose permit is revoked or issued with restrictions by the Secretary of the Maryland State Police may request the Secretary of the State Police to conduct an informal review by filing a written request within 10 days after receipt of written notice of the Secretary's initial action. A person need not file a request for an informal review before requesting review by the Handgun Permit Review Board. A written request for informal review should be sent to: MD State Police, Licensing Division, 1111 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208. Or you may call MSP Licensing at 410.653.4500 for more information.

Handgun Permit Review Board Review/Hearing
Any person whose application for a handgun permit, or renewal of a permit, has been rejected or limited, or whose permit has been revoked, may ask the board to review the decision of the Secretary based on a hearing conducted to establish the facts.

An individual has two methods of requesting a hearing from the Handgun Permit Review Board.

Method 1
A person who is denied a permit, renewal of a permit, or whose permit is revoked or issued with restrictions by the Secretary of the State Police may request the Board to review the decision of the Secretary of the State Police by filing a written request within 10 days after receipt of written notice of the Secretary's action. The written request for review by the Board should include a copy of the written notice of the Secretary's action. All requests to the Board shall be in writing and shall be sent to: Handgun Permit Review Board, 6776 Reisterstown Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21215.

Method 2
A person whose application for a permit or renewal of a permit that is not acted upon by the Secretary of the Maryland State Police within 90 days after submitting the application may request a hearing before the Board by filing a written request to the Board. All requests to the Board shall be in writing and shall be sent to: Handgun Permit Review Board, 6776 Reisterstown Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21215.

Board's Action Requirements
Within 90 days after receiving a request for a hearing of the Secretary of the Maryland State Police's action, the Board may conduct a hearing.

Hand Gun Permit Review Board Hearing
The Handgun Permit Review Board meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:00p.m. at 100 Community Place, Room B, Crownsville, MD 20132. The board may meet on the fifth Tuesday of a month, but any such meeting will be announced on this website. Be advised that a part or all of any meeting of the Handgun Permit Review Board may be conducted in a closed session pursuant to law.

At the hearing an Applicant's testimony is limited to fifteen minutes. The Applicant will have the burden to show, by a preponderance of the evidence, entitlement to a handgun permit. An Applicant may be represented before the Board by an attorney licensed in the State. An Applicant's attorney shall file a Notice of Appearance with the Board, before the attorney's first appearance.

The parties have the right to present witnesses and documents, or other evidence, and the right to cross-examine any witness that another party calls. Please note either party may submit any written argument or documentary evidence to the Board in advance of the hearing, provided that a copy of those documents is also sent to the opposite party. The Board consists of five members. It is therefore strongly recommended that each party bring at least ten copies of any document that it may choose to submit.

An Applicant may re-schedule their appearance, but must file a request at least fifteen days before the scheduled hearing date. Failure to do so may result in the loss of receiving a new hearing date. An Applicant may only reschedule once. The Applicant will need to provide sufficient documentation of the reason for the request to re-schedule within fifteen days before the hearing date. Failure to appear at the scheduled hearing date may result in dismissal of the appeal.

The receipt of a decision letter from the Handgun Permit Review Board is NOT the granting of a permit. Permits are issued by the Maryland State Police ONLY. Unless an action for judicial review is initiated by either party, a permit shall be issued in due course from the Maryland State Police, when deemed appropriate.

The Board is subject to Title 3 (Open Meetings Act) of the General Provisions Article.

No firearms allowed unless accompanied by a state-issued badge permitting the procession of handguns on state property or law enforcement officials on official duty.

Appeal Rights
A party who is aggrieved by the decision of the Handgun Permit Review Board may file an appeal, in writing, with the Office of Administrative Hearings, 11101 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. The appeal must be filed within 30 days after the issuance of the Board's written decision. (Public Safety Article, §5-312(3)(1)) of the Public Safety Article. Failure to timely file a petition may result in a dismissal of that appeal.

A party who is aggrieved by the decision of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) may file an appeal to the Circuit Court for the county where any party resides or has a principal place of business within 30 days of the date of the OAH decision.

Contact Info

Handgun Permit Review Board
6776 Reisterstown Road
Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21215
(410) 585-3845

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