…………and that answers the question as to why Massachusetts shooters with a valid Mass license would get an out of state license from another state. I think THAT is a dangerous slope. If I were to buy an out of state pistol, with a Utah permit, and it were to be stolen and used in a crime, I could go to jail. ………..
I am confused by the two bolded sentences above. When you say “out of state license from another state” in the first bolded, are you referring to a driver’s license or a concealed carry license/permit? In the second bolded where you say “If I were to buy an out of state pistol, with a Utah permit” as far as I know, that is not possible. One can buy a long gun in any other state, as long as the laws of both states are followed, but one cannot buy AND take possession of a handgun in another state. A handgun must be shipped to a FFL holder in your home state to complete the transaction.
And in the People’s Republic of Maryland, to buy a handgun requires a HQL (handgun qualification license), along with a 16 hour training class, ‘livescan only’ fingerprints and you must get yourself to a range to fire one shot for the HQL.
I don’t know the details, but “they say” that folks set up a short term residency in other states, in one way or another, and bring back “non compliant” guns here. As mentioned, I have never done it, and I don’t know anybody specific who has. Personally it is not worth it to me to break local law. Were I to buy an out of state gun, I can get it shipped to a local dealer, pay a $25/$35 fee, and have a Massachusetts legal gun. I can’t , however, buy a non Mass compliant gun and get it shipped here, because my local dealer would refuse to handle it. Right now, what I am looking for is a Mass compliant baby Beretta or Ruger .380. Due to some off line comments (thanks!!!), I’d like my daughter to fire both first, so I’ll just rent them. A range that I go to has both, as well as the Sig, which is the one that they would prefer to sell to me, to be “delivered” to me by as Mass dealer.