Everytown for Gun Safety

Close the Background Check Loophole for Long Guns!

For two decades, Maryland has required criminal background checks for all sales of handguns. This law prohibits felons, domestic abusers, and others from buying guns — but it doesn't apply to private sales of long guns, like a rifle or a shotgun.

This loophole means a person with a dangerous history can easily obtain a gun and avoid a background check by finding a private seller to purchase a rifle or shotgun.

Maryland should close this loophole by requiring private sellers to run a background through a licensed seller, as the law already requires for private handgun sales.

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