Maryland Hand Gun Qualification (HQL) Course (VTE874) | Allegany College of Maryland

This Handgun Qualification License training is a four-hour block of instruction which includes classroom instruction on state firearm law, home firearm safety, handgun mechanisms and operation, and a component that requires the applicant to demonstrate the ability to safely fire a handgun. Unless otherwise exempt, as of October 1, 2013, a Maryland Resident must possess a valid Handgun Qualification License before they may purchase, rent, or receive a handgun. Both the instructional portion and the operation and handling demonstration of the course (via simulation) will occur in the classroom.

Approved HQL training courses are offered by Maryland State Police approved Qualified Handgun Instructors. Students must be 18 years of age to enroll. Training is valid for 3 years and must be completed prior to submitting an application for a Handgun Qualification License. The Handgun Qualification License is only needed for purchasing, transferring, or renting a regulated firearm after October 1, 2013 in Maryland. You do not need a Handgun Qualification License to own a gun you already have. The extra time built into the course allows for each student to have their fingerprints taken, which is required for the HQL application (this service is contingent upon a certain number enrolled in the course) as well as to apply online for their HQL from the Maryland State Police with aid from the instructor. Note: fingerprinting and the MSP online application requires an additional fee payable by credit card to outside vendors.


2/22, Saturday (1 session)



3/21 Saturday (1 session)



5/16 Saturday (1 session)
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


6/20, Saturday (1 Session)
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM





ACM: CE Building
Instructor: John Sagal

Course Cost: $60.00

Maryland Senior Course Cost:  $55.00

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