Maryland Handgun Qualification License (HQL)

Maryland HQL

Class Information

The Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013 requires that a person acquire a Maryland HQL in order to purchase, receive, rent, etc. a regulated firearm after the effective date of October 1, 2013. (See below for more information)  

This class is not only an HQL class, but is specifically designed as a handgun safety and operation class. It is intended to provide the student with invaluable information on how to safely operate and maintain a handgun.​ 

In addion, this class contains the following topics:  

•State Firearms Law 

•Home Firearm Safety 

•Handgun Mechanisms and Operation 

•Cleaning and Maintenance ​  

 If you require a Maryland HQL, this is the class you need! However, it is also a must have for those who would like to gain more knowledge of handguns and handgun safety. 

 The course consists of total 4 hours of instruction including the required live fire component.   Please register at least 48 hours in advance.  


HQL Information and Exemptions

A person may not purchase, rent, or receive a handgun after October 1, 2013 unless they possess a valid Handgun Qualification License (HQL) issued by the Maryland State Police or qualify for exemption status.   

Exceptions to possession of the HQL License:  •​​A Licensed Firearms Manufacturer. •Active law enforcement officer or a person retired in good standing from a law enforcement agency of the United States (Federal Law Enforcement), the State, or a local law enforcement agency of the State. •Active or retired member of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard and possesses a valid military identification card. •A person purchasing, renting or receiving an antique, curio or relic as defined in federal law. •Maryland licensed firearms dealers.   

Required to have the HQL, but exempt from the training component:  •Someone who completed a firearms safety training course approved by the Secretary of the Department of Maryland State Police.  •Has completed a course of instruction in the competency and safety of firearms as prescribed under Natural Resources Article, §10-301.1, Annotated Code of Maryland. Application for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Course Certificate can be obtained from here and may be used in lieu of Qualified Handgun Instruction.     •Is currently a qualified handgun instructor. •Is an honorably discharged member of the armed forces of the United States or National Guard. •Is an employee of an armored car company who has a handgun permit issued by MSP. •Lawfully owns a regulated firearm.  (If you already own a regulated firearm prior to October 1, 2013, you do not have to   complete the training to apply for the Handgun Qualification License).   

In accordance with the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, individuals who are voluntarily admitted to an inpatient psychiatric facility (either state, private or acute general), for a period of 30 consecutive days or more, or involuntarily certified and retained by an Administrative Law Judge may have to surrender their firearms and will be prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm unless an individual is granted relief from firearm disqualification. DHMH makes available to persons who are prohibited from possessing certain firearms a process to apply for relief from these prohibitions.

Duane Urban - Urban Defense LLC Instructor

The Fine Print

*The student is responsible for all applicable fees. This includes fingerprinting fees and application fees required by the Maryland State Police.    

*The student must supply his/her own eye/hearing protection. Urban Defense LLC will supply firearms and ammunition at no additional cost.   ​  *Please read the exemptions listed below to determine if you are "training exempt." 

*All fees are not refundable.

2020 Class dates and location information


(Location May Vary)

(Call for Middle River Location)

Middle River, MD 21220


Classes begin promptly at 10:00 AM and conclude at approximately 2:00 PM

What Do I Need To Bring:

Information of what to bring can be found on your confirmation email. Students should bring ID, note taking material, and snacks/lunch (if desired). Do not bring any firearms or ammunition to the class.

2020 Class Dates:

January 11, 2020 (Saturday)

January 25, 2020 (Saturday)

February 8, 2020 (Saturday)

February 22, 2020 (Saturday)

March 7, 2020 (Saturday)

March 21, 2020 (Saturday)

April 4, 2020 (Saturday)

May 16, 2020 (Saturday)

June 13, 2020 (Saturday)

July 11, 2020 (Saturday)

August 8, 2020 (Saturday)

August 22, 2020 (Saturday)

September 19, 2020 (Saturday)

October 17, 2020 (Saturday)

October 31, 2020 (Saturday)

November 14, 2020 (Saturday)

December 12, 2020 (Saturday)


Regularly Scheduled Public Class

Maryland HQL

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Price is per student.

Students may pay via PayPal, Cash, Check, or Money Order. Payments must  be recieved in advance of the class date unless other arraingments have been made. See exemptions before registering for a class.  Electronic payments are subject to a 3% service fee.

information about private classes


Private Maryland HQL classes are offered at cost of $300.00

 This price covers two students. Additional students are $150.00 each.  Group rates are available. 

Contact us to set up your personalized private class.     

PRIVATE CLASSES are scheduled and configured to the specifications of the client. We can come to you or you can come to us. 

Students may pay via PayPal, Cash, Check, or Money Order. Payments must  be received in advance of the class date unless other arraignments have been made. See exemptions before registering for a class.  Electronic payments are subject to a 3% service fe