Firearm Safety Act-Relief Process

(SB 281 Firearm Safety Act) Relief/Restoration Information

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. Maryland Department of Health makes available to persons who are prohibited from possessing certain firearms a process to apply for relief from these prohibitions.
The following Relief and Restoration work flow will outline how the relief process is conducted within MDH.
The following forms are needed to initiate the Appeal for Relief of Firearm Disqualifications.
 For more information on the Maryland Senate Bill Firearm Safety Act of 2013 visit the following link.
For more information on gun application and firearm certification visit the Maryland State Police at:

Questions? or if you need information on the MDH Relief process please call the Office of Forensic Services (OFS) at 410 724-3172