Free HQL classes are being offered By ATLANTIC TACTICAL FIREARMS TRAINING - 410-713-2333. Class conducted once a month. R.S. Mitchell is the contact.
What is an HQL?: HQL stands for Handgun Qualifying License. Unless you are active or retired (in good standing) Military or US/Maryland law enforcement, you must obtain an HQL.
What do you need to do to obtain an HQL?: You need two things prior to obtaining an HQL.
1) You will have to take a Handgun Safety Course if you are not exempt (see below). Click here for a list of certified insturctors.
2) You will need to get your fingerprints submitted electronically to the State Police. You can do this at a number of fingerprint centers (a list can be found at http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/publicservs/fingerprint.shtml).
Once you obtain your safety certification and fingerprints (keep the receipt from your fingerprints - you will need it for the HQL application), go to mdsp.org and begin the application for your HQL.
Who is exempt from the training portion of the HQL?
What are the fees involved? The safety class fee will vary per instructor (normally between $75 & $125). Fingerprinting will cost between $40 & $60 depending on the facility of your choice. The application fee is $50 and the license is good for 10 years.