MD | Handgun Qualification (HQL) - Certification Training


The Firearm and Security Training Center is the #1 Firearm Training Center in the Maryland citizens. The HQL firearm class is for citizens desiring to purchase a gun in the state of Maryland. The Maryland the HQL class is mandated by Maryland Law in order to purchase, rent or transfer a handgun/firearm.

The classes are fun and informative and only are about 4 hours long, filled with interesting gun ownership law, maintenance, and safety information. You'll spend 2-3 hours in the classroom and a short time at Maryland Small Arms shooting range for a practical shooting drill. When you leave class you will be fully charged and confident in your ability to handle a firearm.

Bring a spouse, a friend or a group of friends and make a day of it. This is a high demand event with limited space and tickets sell quickly.

We look forward to seeing you. Click the following link for more information about the Maryland Firearm law.


  • Maryland and Federal Firearm Law

  • Gun Safety

  • Gun Nomenclature (parts)

  • Marksmanship

  • Situational Awareness

  • Self Defense

  • Tactical Shooting

  • How to prepare your family to respond in lethal self defense situations

  • Carrying Best Practices

  • Personal Accountability

  • Legal Accountability

  • Interaction with Law Enforcement


Unless otherwise exempt, The Handgun Qualification License is only needed for purchasing, transferring, or renting a regulated firearm after October 1, 2013. Please CLICK HERE to view the full text of the Law

Students must be 18 years of age or older and meet the following conditions:

  1. Has not been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor for which a sentence of imprisonment for more than one year has been imposed; or convicted of a criminal offense for which you could have been sentenced to more than 2 years incarceration.

  2. Has not been convicted of a crime involving the possession, use, or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance;

  3. Is not presently an alcoholic, addict, or habitual user of a controlled dangerous substance unless under legitimate medical direction;

  4. Based on an investigation, has not exhibited a propensity for violence or instability that may reasonably render the person’s possession of a handgun a danger to the person or others;

*A criminal background check is conducted for all applicants when submitting application after training.

Exceptions to possession of the HQL License

  1. A Licensed Firearms Manufacturer.

  2. 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.

  3. Active or retired member of the United States Armed Forces or National Guard and possesses a valid military identification card.

  4. A person purchasing, renting or receiving an antique, curio or relic as defined in federal law.

  5. Maryland licensed firearms dealers. (Sole Proprietors)