Thursday, April 17, 2008

Concealed Carry In Maryland




For years, the state of Maryland has avoided a trend that many states have openly embraced. Why doesn't Maryland allow their law abiding citizens to conceal a handgun?

As it stands now, Maryland only allows select individual to obtain a hand gun permit. Of those, only corrections officers, former police officers and those engaged in professional activities (specifically doctors and pharmacists) can carry a concealed weapon in this state. Also, select individuals can receive a permit if they can prove "recent" threats against their wellbeing. It should be noted that all these persons listed must still submit to a lengthy permit process before approval will be granted.

It's actually easier for Maryland residents to obtain an out-of-state permit. A Utah concealed carry permit is recognized in 32 states. Unfortunately, Maryland is not one of these states. In fact, this state only recognizes licenses issued here. As a result, other states generally don't recognize the Maryland permit. Despite their rigorous application process, the Maryland permit is only accepted by 11 other states.

Therefore, if someone wished to venture into Delaware or Virginia, a Maryland handgun permit would not be valid. By contrast, if the same person received approval after completing the one page Utah application, they would be able to carry their weapon in every surrounding state except West Virginia. Right now, the closest states that recognize a Maryland permit are Kentucky and Tennessee.

Honestly, I cannot see the big issue with concealed carry. A criminal isn't going to be deterred by a rigid Maryland law. By the same token, a law abiding citizen will not take the risk. As a result, when a good guy is robbed by a bad guy, s/he has no means to protect themselves, their family or their belongings.

Normally, I am a proponent of state's rights. When it comes to concealed carry laws, the state of Maryland choses to infringe upon the constitutional rights of it's law abiding citizens. Therefore, I hope the Supreme Court eventually inserts itself into this argument.

Crossposted

19 comments:

AnotherWatcher said...

Florida is a good state to get an out of state CCW permit. It is good for 5 years and honored in 24 states. It is NOT honored here though. The law in Maryland needs to change but it will never be done.
As a law abiding citizen who highly cherishes my 2nd amendment right, I will do everything in my power to avoid losing that right. CCW permit holders by and large are the most law abiding members of our society.

Anonymous said...

I had one in both Texas and FLA. I was forced to surrender my Fl. CCW when I moved to this liberal hell hole. As long as we have politicans like Delegate Vallerio who use their position to impose their own personal views on the entire state, we will never be free. Vallerio is probably afraid that a law abiding citizen just might shoot one of his supporters when said supporter commits a crime.

bud said...

True, the Florida permit is accepted in 32 states. It costs $117 with a $107 renewal fee every 5 years. The Utah permit $65.25 for 5 years with a $10 renewal.

If you're a nationwide driver, the Florida permit is better. If you're just looking for something that'll allow you to get around PA, VA and DE then the Utah permit will suffice.

warpmine said...

The CCW permit for criminals is one that is a Don't ask don't tell honorary law of the jungle. Criminals generally use their weapons for aggression rather than self protection and when they hunt, it's usually human beings that are the bounty.

Maryland liberal logic mandates that only criminals should have the opportunity to carry a fire arm forcing the law abiding citizens to fear for their lives.

Daniel said...

Back when O'Mal... was Mayor of Baltimore, there was a time he had a radio spot on WBAL Thursday afternoons.

Myeslf and a co-worker distinctly remember hearing a caller speak with the Mayor about why it was so difficult for him to get a CCP. He said every time the police administration responsible kept losing his paperwork, or claimed other reasons why their were problems with his application. As he explained his concern as a business man carrying the day's receipts to a night drop box, the Mayor was heard to tell him -

"To get one you will have to move to another state."

Anonymous said...

Start flooding the system with CCP's and when someone is victimized that has submitted a viable application with a clean background, then initiatiate a suit for Maryland's breech of protection. Since MD is assuming the role of protecting it's citizens in lieu of them being enabled to protect themselves then the State has a responsiblity to fulfill that responsibility or be liable. If the Court turns you down you still win with the publicity of the State holding it's citizens hostage for the criminal element.

shingalated said...

Soooo why would a good law abiding citizen need a concealed handgun in the first place? I don't see what good could possibly come out of this.

Anonymous said...

"Soooo why would a good law abiding citizen need a concealed handgun in the first place? I don't see what good could possibly come out of this."

Um...let's see...protection from rape, robbery, mugging...to name a few.

Anonymous said...

"Soooo why would a good law abiding citizen need a concealed handgun in the first place? I don't see what good could possibly come out of this."

That's kind of like asking why do police need to carry guns.. What kind of question is that? Try using common sense.

Anonymous said...

I have a VA concealed handgun permit and carry illegally whenever I'm in MD. I haven't had a problem since I carried for 3 years.

I'm wondering if I do use my firearm in a life or death situation(robbers etc), will I still get prosecuted for weapons violation?

From what I understand, carrying a handgun illegally is a misdemeanor and penalty is under 3 years jail or under $2500 fine.

Anonymous said...

Why would you want to conceal a handgun you were carrying for protection? Wouldn't you rather potential crooks know that they shouldn't mess with you?

DefenselessInMD said...

"Why would you want to conceal a handgun you were carrying for protection? Wouldn't you rather potential crooks know that they shouldn't mess with you?"

Well thats a preference issue, but realistically the public would freak out if they saw people walking around opening carrying weapons. Concealing them lets people continue to live in comfortable ignorance. Also,
Sun Tzu has a quote in his Art of War, "When you are weak let your enemies see you as strong, and when you are strong, let them see you as weak." Basically it gives you back the element of suprise. You don't know who is going to attack you... so they can just come up behind you and grab your gun if it is out in the open. Concealing your gun means that the bad guys will always show their cards before you show yours ;-)

Justin M. said...

I have a concealed permit for Virginia, but I have family in Maryland. Can I carry in Maryland? What do I when i get to the state line?

streiff said...

Short answer is "not no, but hell no."

Your CC permit is not valid in MD. In MD transporting a handgun in anything but a locked box enroute to a range or repair shop is going to result in a very unpleasant experience.

Anonymous said...

I have a permit from MI and am moving from TX, near the NM line, (aka the wild west) to the liberal East Coast. I can't wait...

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that you must prove that you have been threatened or attacked BEFORE you can even complete the application process and then wait 90 days before you can legally carry. It is a joke!

Another_US_Lab_Rat said...
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Another_US_Lab_Rat said...

Since Obama thinks that The Constitution is just a old piece of paper and that it can be changed when ever he see 's fit, I would like to ask him "since you are so pro-gun control and don't think that people should have the right to defend their selves, families, friends, other innocent citizens, hell... even YOU if you were at harm. then why do you and your family and friends in office use firearms for protection? Just for one day, go walk around D.C. and tell your Secret Service to leave ALL firearms "at home". You can't do that because those firearms to which you want to band are what's keeping you secure at night. We should have that same right ...You are a embarrassment to this country. You were just a pawn in the political game of chess used to make a point and satisfy a majority of US citizens to "show equality and fairness". Wake up, don't waste your time stripping our country of its rights or go somewhere else!

- Daniel Edwards, Florida permit holder and NRA life-long member

Chris Burns said...

I have a TN carry permit that accepted in 38 states.. MD permit is accepted in TN but ours isn't in MD.. pretty stupid

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