HB 215, sponsored by Delegate Cluster, proposes to make a double standard for handgun permit renewals. For most Marylanders, the handgun permit renewal period of 3 years. For retired law enforcement, this bill proposes to make the renewal period 5 years. Items in CAPS are proposed changes to current Maryland code.
(a) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION (C) OF THIS SECTION, A permit expires on the last day of the holder’s birth month following 2 years after the date the permit is issued.
(b) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION (C) OF THIS SECTION, A permit may be renewed for successive periods of 3 years each if, at the time of an application for renewal, the applicant possesses the qualifications for the issuance of a permit and pays the renewal fee stated in this subtitle.
(C) (1) A PERMIT ISSUED TO A RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE STATE OR A COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OF THE STATE:
(I) EXPIRES ON THE LAST DAY OF THE HOLDER’S BIRTH MONTH FOLLOWING 5 YEARS AFTER THE DATE THE PERMIT IS ISSUED; AND
(II) MAY BE RENEWED FOR SUCCESSIVE PERIODS OF 5 YEARS EACH IF, AT THE TIME OF AN APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL, THE APPLICANT POSSESSES THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A PERMIT.
In the House – Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.
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