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Maryland Handgun Laws & Updates

.​May 18, 2023 - 

With Governor Moore's approval, The Maryland General Assembly has passed two bills that substantially burden Marylanders' right to armed self-defense in public. Starting October 1st, 2023, SB 1 bans public carry in most buildings by default unless a building's owner or agent provides express consent to carry inside. It also makes a host of places completely off-limits regardless of what the property owner says. HB 824 affects carry permits themselves by increasing permit fees, affecting background investigations, increasing the penalty for carrying a handgun without a permit, and imposing new disqualifiers on the possession of regulated firearms.  Read more @

March 9, 2023 - 

Maryland’s Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would prohibit a person from knowingly carrying a firearm at more public places or onto someone else’s property without the property owner’s express permission. - Maryland Matters


Washington, D.C. Handgun Laws & Updates

Prohibited Places to Carry a Concealed Firearm

  1. Shall not carry a pistol while consuming alcohol or while impaired.

  2. A building or office occupied by the District of Columbia or its agencies.

  3. The building and grounds, including any adjacent parking lot of a childcare facility, preschool, elementary or secondary school, or a public or private college or university.

  4. A hospital or an office where medical or mental health services are the primary services provided.

  5. A penal institution, secure juvenile residential facility, or halfway house.

  6. A polling place while voting is occurring.

  7. A public transportation vehicle, including the Metrorail transit system and its stations.

  8. Any premises where alcohol is served, sold and consumed on the premises (pursuant to license issued under Title 25 of D.C. Code)


Utah Handgun Laws & Updates

Effective 7/1/2023
76-10-508.1.  Felony discharge of a firearm -- Penalties.

(1)Except as provided under Subsection (2) or (3), an individual who discharges a firearm is guilty of a third degree felony punishable by imprisonment for a term of not less than three years nor more than five years if:

(a)the actor discharges a firearm in the direction of one or more individuals, knowing or having reason to believe that any individual may be endangered by the discharge of the firearm;

(b)the actor, with intent to intimidate or harass another or with intent to damage a habitable structure as defined in Section 76-6-101, discharges a firearm in the direction of any individual or habitable structure; or

(c)the actor, with intent to intimidate or harass another, discharges a firearm in the direction of any vehicle.

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