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Realtors and Carrying in Maryland

Updated: Jun 22, 2023



Simply put- if you work in real estate, you qualify for your Maryland Handgun Permit (MD HGP- permit to carry a handgun). I have never met a realtor that was an employee of their broker and/or didn't have their own business license. If you operate on a 1099 AND/OR have your own business- you qualify.

Realtors and Carrying in Maryland

As a 1099 OR business owner- you do not need a letter from your broker. To do so is to waste their time, and I have never met a broker that has a lot of spare time to dish out. I do not care what someone else told you about the process or what they did. I do this full time, 7 Days a week and am in constant communications with the Maryland State Police Licensing Division and their agents. There are always new changes and requirements- and what I am telling you here is up to date and will be updated when needed.

You WILL apply as a business owner. Yes, even if you do not have a business license and only have a 1099. Let me repeat, you WILL apply as a business owner. And as a business owner, you will not need a business license nor a letter from your broker.

If you were an employee and filling taxes with a W-2, then YES you would need a letter from your broker- but that has yet to be the case for any of our clients.

Under Handgun Permit Category, you will check the box that reads 'Owner or Employee of a Business' and then check the first box after that reading 'Business Activities'.

Realtors and Carrying in Maryland

Also, you WILL NOT need to attach any letter from yourself explaining your situation. Instead, for Question #15 you will put "I am applying as a realtor/business owner. Attached you will find my 1099. My work comes with inherent threats and I often find myself in unfamiliar locations meeting clients or vendors for the first time. These threats exist 24/7. Accordingly as well as per the Maryland Department of State Police Licensing Division policy, I need this MD Handgun Permit to be without restrictions."

Realtors and Carrying in Maryland

You WILL NOT need to attach a letter from yourself NOR a broker, regardless of what others have told you.

And remember- your PNC

For more information on applying for your MD Handgun Permit (HGP), CLICK HERE

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