About Maryland Gun Storage Options

Temporary, Voluntary Firearm Storage Options (Updated Spring 2024)

This map is designed to help community members find local options for temporary, voluntary firearm storage. Out-of-home gun storage can be particularly beneficial for individuals in crisis at risk of suicide. As of Spring 2024, the businesses and law enforcement agencies listed on this map are willing to consider requests for temporary, voluntary gun storage.

If you’re seeking temporary gun storage, we encourage you to contact the listed businesses and law enforcement agencies directly for more information. 

If you represent a business or law enforcement agency interested in being added to this map, please email

 Why Do Gun Owners Sometimes Want to Store Firearms Away from Home?

  •  Someone in the home is experiencing mental health or substance use issues.
  • A teenager in the home is in crisis and at risk for suicide.
  • The gun owner is traveling out of state and wants to secure firearms while away.
  • Grandchildren or young children are visiting for an extended period.
  • There is a situation of domestic or partner violence, raising concerns about having a gun in the house.
  • The homeowner is listing the home for sale and wants to secure firearms during showings.

The American Association for Suicide Prevention recommends considering temporary off-site storage for firearms when concerned about a loved one. Visit “Firearms and Suicide Prevention” to learn more actions that can save lives.

Where Can Guns Be Stored?

Many places offer gun storage, including gun shops, shooting ranges, police departments, and specialized storage facilities. Pawn shops and self-storage units may also provide storage options. You can view the map to find options in your area.

What Questions Should I Ask When Looking for Storage Options?

Before taking your firearms to a storage location, consider asking:

  • The process for storage
  • Any costs involved
  • Whether a background check is required before retrieving your gun(s)
  • Any limits on the duration of storage

Many retailers offer storage on a case-by-case basis. Reach out to them to discuss if they can accommodate your request.

How Should I Bring My Firearm to a Safe Storage Location?

  • Always call ahead to arrange a time to bring in your firearms for storage. Do not bring loaded firearms into a gun shop, police station, or other storage locations.
  • If you need to leave your firearm in your vehicle while making storage arrangements, lock it in a case and/or store it in a locked compartment of your vehicle, out of sight. Some locations may offer pick-up services; inquire about this when you call.

Know of Storage Options Not on the Map?

To add a listing to the map, please contact

The Maryland safe storage map is brought to you by Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Additional Resources

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 |

Need help with housing, food, utility shut off,  mental health, children & family, or employment, call Maryland 211: Health and Human Services Resource Database. Or go to:

The information contained here is not intended to be nor is it a substitute for professional medical or legal advice. The contents of this website should not be construed as or solely relied upon for medical or legal advice. The information presented on this website may not reflect the most current legal developments. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider with any questions about medical conditions, and always seek the advice of an attorney with any question about legal issues.