Handgun Operation & Safety 101-
Maryland Handgun Qualification License (HQL) Training 

Brought to you by Vision1Tactical LLC

$100.00 per student (paid in advance)

$125.00 per student (no advance reservation) (Cash Only)

See exemptions below before registering for a class

Electronic payments are subject to a 3% service fee


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.​

Additionally, 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 do not need the HQL, but 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 - 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 / Vision1Tactical LLC will supply firearms and ammunition at no additional cost.

​**HQL - Please read the exemptions listed below to determine if you are "training exempt." All fees are not refundable.

Upcoming Class Dates

Handgun Operation and Safety 101- 

Maryland HQL

10:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday January 12, 2019

Saturday February 1, 2019

Saturday February 23, 2019

Saturday March 9, 2019

Saturday March 23, 2019

Saturday April 6, 2019

Saturday April 27, 2019

Saturday May 11, 2019

Saturday May 25, 2019

Saturday June 8, 2019

Saturday June 29, 2019

Saturday July 20, 2019

Saturday August 3, 2019

Saturday August 31, 2019

Saturday September 14, 2019

Saturday October 5, 2019

Saturday October 19, 2019

Saturday November 9, 2019

Saturday November 23, 2019

Saturday December 14, 2019

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11605 Crossroads Circle

Middle River, Maryland 21220

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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 handgun or assault weapon 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.