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The instructors at Four Oaks understand the need to feel safe and secure; especially when it comes to yourself and your loved ones. Our training is tailored to ethical and responsible personal defense with real world experience. We offer the Maryland Wear and Carry course, Handgun Qualification License (HQL) course, and more!


Summary of Maryland Gun Laws

Maryland is now a shall-issue state since the Supreme Court’s ruling on the NYSRPA v Bruen case on June 23rd, 2022. Concealed weapons permits are issued at the state level by the Secretary of the Maryland State Police.

A permit to purchase, a background check and firearms registration are required to buy a handgun from a private individual. Private firearms sellers must process transfers of handguns and assault weapons through a licensed dealer or designated law enforcement agency, who then conducts a background check. In addition, Maryland has established a handgun roster that, subject to limited exceptions, lists the only handguns that dealers or any private sellers are allowed to sell in the state.







As of October 1, 2023, only concealed carry is legal in Maryland and only for those with Maryland Wear & Carry Handgun Permit. In order to obtain a WCHP, applicants must be at least 21 years old (or 18 years old for employment purposes only).

Wear & Carry Handgun Permits require a state-approved 16-hour firearms training course that includes live-fire training. An additional eight hours of training is required at each Wear & Carry renewal. Permits are issued to residents and non-residents. Some areas are off-limits, including rest areas and state parks. In terms of reciprocity,  Maryland does not honor permits from any other states. 

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Merrie Pionke

"John is a fantastic teacher! He’s very patient and knowledgeable! His experience and extensive training in law enforcement made his class a step above the others. He took the time to not only cover all the mandatory material but he also helped us train for real life scenarios too. I cannot recommend him enough! Your money will be well spent!"
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