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"High Capacity Magazines" legal in Maryland. Yes, you read that right

Updated: Apr 7

We have since put together a much more comprehensive blog article together, which can be found HERE


There is a lot of confusion amongst Maryland law enforcement and citizens alike regarding the law pertaining to "high capacity" magazines in Maryland.


The law is very clear in what you can't do in Maryland with such an item. "Prohibited. -- A person may not manufacture, sell, offer for sale, purchase, receive, or transfer a detachable magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition for a firearm."


High Capacity Magazines


Words matter. If you know me, if you have trained with me, or if you have had any conversation with me- you quickly understand the importance of the words you choose.


Nothing in Maryland law prohibits the ownership, use, possession, carrying or a "detachable magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition for a firearm".


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If you do have an over 10 round magazine and are found in possession of it by a LEO, are you legally obligated to prove where you bought it from out of state. in other words, do you need to provide a receipt for purchase or is your word all you need to provide?

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Ryan Gass
Ryan Gass
May 15
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No, you are no legally obligated to incriminate yourself or lack there of. See this article for more clarity https://www.ptpgun.com/post/high-capacity-magazines-for-firearms-in-maryland-yes-they-are-legal

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I get that you can have them carry them whatever. But am I limited to carrying only 10 rounds on my person no matter what size magazine?

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Ryan Gass
Ryan Gass
May 15
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There is no limitations as to what you an have on your person in Maryland

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Todd Carpenter
Todd Carpenter
Nov 26, 2023

Question can a family member send via any form of mail high capacity mags If they purchase them in their authorized state. So, in my dictionary you could consider a transfer as that exactly as getting one from another, Ie transfer. Ie refering to you statement”words matter“ . So is a transfer defined as an exchange regardless of monetary or gifting, a define transfer in the eyes for the law in Maryland. I’m not intending this as a rebuttal or challenge, but truly gaining an understanding of the MD law terms. Any defined insight is appreciated.


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qqwe qweetr
Oct 12, 2023

Why is this confusing to anyone? You cant 'buy' or 'sell' them IN MARYLAND.


You can drive over to VA or WV and BUY and SELL them. Then you can drive back to MD and OWN and USE them. You can't re-sell them or transfer them once you are in MD however.

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Please explain, then, how one would come to legally possess a high capacity magazine if both

parties "may not manufacture, sell, offer for sale, purchase, receive, or transfer a detachable magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition for a firearm"? 🤔🙄


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Drive to virginia and hand/sell it to your friend.


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