Maryland State Police - Handgun Qualification License FAQs
Q: Will I be required to possess an HQL by October 1, 2013, if I submitted a 77R prior to October 1 and have not yet received approval to retrieve my firearm due to the MSP backlog?
A: The Maryland State Police will not enforce the requirements of the new law with respect to applicants whose applications are pending as of October 1. In light of the number of currently pending applications, resulting from the unprecedented spike in new applications in recent months, it is a fair, reasoned, and appropriate result for those who are waiting for their pending purchase applications to be processed. Persons who submit purchase applications on or after October 1, 2013, unless otherwise exempted by law, will be required to apply for and obtain a handgun qualification license before attempting to purchase a handgun.
Finally, the first sensible ruling of this ridiculous do-nothing law that takes effect next Tuesday.
The delays in transferring lawfully purchased firearms was beginning to look like nothing but a money grab by O'Malley and his minions.
Looks like their obviously intentional lackadaisical background checking/processing will not generate the millions they thought it would.
I encourage everyone to spend the next three days shopping in their local firearms store and helping out their local businesses by purchasing a firearm from a Maryland dealer before 10/1.
Over 100,000 new regulated firearms (handguns + "assault weapons") have been purchased since O'Malley's folly, lol.