Is it hard to get your Handgun Qualification License in the state of Maryland? In many states, purchasing a pistol is a simple as heading to the gun shop and choosing the one you prefer. In Maryland, we have a few extra steps to complete before “pulling the trigger” on a new pistol purchase, but the process is a lot faster and easier than you might think!

Step 1: Take an HQL Course

The state requires each citizen to obtain their Handgun Qualification License before purchasing a handgun. To kick off the process of getting your own Maryland HQL, you’ll first need to take an HQL course.

Still need to take your Maryland HQL course? Check out our calendar to register for an upcoming session! Our goal is to truly prepare our trainees for firearm ownership, so we make sure to include thorough explanations of key topics like Maryland firearm law, the basics of shooting, and even pistol maintenance.  Of course, we’ll make sure you get plenty of reps on the gun range as well.

Step 2: Fill out your HQL application

Your next step will be filling out the Maryland HQL application. This is the part of the process that may seem overwhelming and potentially lead to confusion, but it doesn’t have to! Speed up the process by following along with our step-by-step guide to submitting your Maryland HQL app. Students who take their Maryland HQL course with Soteria can feel free to contact us if they experience any difficulties throughout the process.

Step 3: Receive your HQL via email

Once your Maryland HQL application is submitted, hang tight (usually for about a month) while the state reviews it. Your HQL will then be sent directly to you via email!

Step 4: Purchase your handgun!

Once you receive that email, you’re all set to head to a gun store of your choosing and make your first handgun purchase! Don’t forget to bring an electronic or physical copy of your Maryland HQL. If you’d like a few suggestions prior to your first pistol purchase, we published a blog post that may help you reach a great decision.

Get Your Maryland HQL with Soteria Training Academy

Soteria Training Academy provides expert pistol and first aid training with an emphasis on safety. Whether you’re a beginner in the world of firearms, or already have a wealth of experience, we look forward to helping your shooting skill set. Contact us today by visiting our website, or call us at (410) 216-3176 to learn more.