This course will help you better understand critical Maryland State firearms laws, and also provide you with a solid knowledge base to safely own and operate a handgun. If you have never owned a handgun prior to 10/01/2013, and think you may want to purchase one in the future, then this class is required by the State of Maryland before you're able to purchase your handgun. You DO NOT need this training for a regulated firearm prior to 10/01/2013. You can satisfy the training requirement for the Maryland Handgun Qualification License here with us, and let us help you better understand the process and the law, so that you can complete the process without confusion. Prior to applying for the Maryland HQL, the applicant must have satisfied the training component by completing a training program from only instructors licensed by the Maryland State Police to teach it.