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Maryland Handgun Permit (Wear and Carry)


Prior to applying for a Handgun Permit in Maryland, you must first successfully complete a 16 hour Certified Firearms Training Course approved by the Secretary of State Police.

The classroom curriculum must include:

Maryland Firearms Laws

Home Firearm Safety

Handgun Mechanisms and Operation

In addition to the classroom training there is a component that requires the applicant to demonstrate “Safety” and “Proficiency” with a firearm. A “minimum” score of 70% is required on an approved Maryland State Police Approved Course of Fire.

The J2 Defense Handgun Permit Training Course, starts in our classroom and incorporates a hands on approach. In addition to mandated topics, there will be a segment on handgun selection, including caliber and fit (hand size), holster selection, carry positions, cover garments, carry bags and more. Once the interactive classroom is concluded, we will introduce you to our state of the art; SMART RANGE Shooting Simulator (powered by MILO) and non-lethal target shooting ammunition.

Our simulator offers options not normally available from other providers of firearms training. Here we will review and further practice the “Basic Fundamentals” learned in the classroom and introduce “Basic Defensive Handgun Skills”. Using the Simulator and it’s options, the development of basic skills are enhanced in a less stressful environment through the use of Laser emitting firearms and other modern technologies. Using a combination of physical tasks and cognitive processing in this environment we can reduce the need for much of the live fire training. The results of this method of training (which in the past was only obtainable from personal participation in real-life settings), have proven to enhance one’s ability to develop skills in a reduced time frame and retain them at a higher level. This is where students are conditioned incrementally to develop “Kinesthetic Awareness” (muscle memory) and improve proficiency. Using the simulator, you will also be introduced to the judgmental side of available training. Once the classroom and Simulator training is concluded, the next step is the MD live fire qualification component.

When you take one of our courses, you are more than a customer you become part of the J² and 2A family. As such, we will gladly assist you with advice if needed on applying for your MD W&C“The Next Level Training” .

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Earlier Event: July 14
Maryland W&C Recertification
Later Event: August 10
NRA Basic Pistol / MD HQL Training