1) The right to carry is inevitable here in Maryland.
It's a right (not given by, but ... ) recognized and guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. None of our other recognized inalienable rights (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) mean anything without the means to protect them -- the right to carry weapons to defend ourselves. The means to protect ourselves and our other inalienable rights are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The right to have and to carry arms for our self-defense and defense of the community is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The scholarship on this issue over the last 30 years has built up a foundation and momentum that just won't quit. It has resulted in the Parker v. D.C. decision which I dare say is certain (nothing is certain, but this is as close to certain as anything can be) ... certain to be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Once that happens ... there's no holding us back ... it doesn't matter how anti-gun and closed-minded our Maryland legislators are -- the U.S. Supreme Court is goi ng to trump them. The right to carry is inevitable in Maryland -- believe it.
Even though it is inevitable ... our actions will determine if it happens sooner or later. To help it happen sooner:
2) Apply for a Maryland Permit - you know you want one ...
In 2006, the State Police received 5,881 initial and renewal applications: 2,085 initial applications, 2,653 renewal applications, and 1,143 initial and renewal applications from retired law enforcement personnel. The State Police denies ONLY about 250 applicants per year on the basis of a finding that the person did not have a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun.
This means that the MSP only rejected/denied about 5% of permit applications ... they approved 95% of Handgun Carry Permits !!!
I hope you realize that there is a problem with this! 95% of the permits are approved, and yet most everyone thinks "There is no sense in my applying because I'll never be approved." Nationally, about 3% of the adult population gets CCW permits. Here in Maryland only less than 1% even apply for a permit -- and a lot of those apply because they HAVE to have a permit for their work -- guards, etc.
We need YOU to apply for a permit!
The MSP and the legislature uses this 95% approval rating to 'prove' that there is no problem with the existing system. We have to prove to them that there is a problem! We need you to apply for a permit to either (a) increase the numbers of people who have permits or (b) increase the percentage of people who are denied -- demonstrating a problem with the process.
In order to win in the courts we will have to have people willing to be part of the suit who have been denied a permit ... all you have to do is to be of good character, be denied, and document (keep records of) the process.
So ... apply! If you are given the permit ... then hallelujah! you can carry .... if you are denied ... then hallelujah! ... document it and we have another person who has standing to sue for the right for all of us.
Some of the things that seem to help ensure that you are granted a permit are: having a permit from another state; having a clean record; having taken any NRA training courses; having a MSP trooper as a character reference; having a legislator as a character reference; being involved in any shooting sport; and being an NRA instructor. Get as many of these things together as you can before you apply for a Maryland Permit.
Many states give permits to non-residents. The two state permits most important to Maryland residents are Florida and Virginia.... if you can apply for both Florida and Virginia at the same time it will save you trips to the barracks for fingerprinting and trips to AAA for passport photos. Florida has to respond in 90 days (usually much sooner) and Virginia has to respond in 45 days or give you a temporary permit. As long as you have a clean record, can legally own a gun, and have had some gun training (any NRA course, or participate in any organized shooting sport) you can easily get a permit through the mail from VA and FL.
The non-resident Florida permit is good in at least 27 states -- more than half the entire United States! (At $117 for 27 states for 5 years that's less than $1 per state per year - an incredible bargain.) (The Utah permit is also good in about 27 states but has WA and MN in place of PA and KS ... and requires more training.) The Virginia permit is good in at least 18 states.
Apply for a Florida Permit here:
Apply for a Virginia Permit here:
After you have sent in your application(s) for FL and/or VA then start putting together your Maryland permit application. Download the Maryland application form and print out several copies and start filling one out in pencil ... contact legislators and/or MSP troopers who will be character references for you .. get all your ducks in a row. Once you receive your FL and/or VA permits then send in your MD application. Keep copies of everything along the way.
Apply for a Maryland Permit here:
Remember ... if you get the permit ... you're good to go. If you are denied, then they can't hide behind 95% approval ... and if you document it ... then we have another plaintiff who has standing to sue ... and that's probably where we'll be able to get our rights.
3) Have you used a gun to defend yourself?
Have you ever defended yourself from a crime in your home,
in your business, or in public by using a gun? Perhaps you warded off a
potential attacker by si mply showing a gun?
40 states now allow their citizens to obtain conceal-carry permits for
handguns. Some people say that's dangerous, while others say it allows them
to protect themselves.
If you have a story of self-defense involving the aid of a gun and would
like to tell it to 20/20, please fill out the form below. A "20/20" producer
may contact you.
4) MCSM meeting.
C'mon down... tomorrow (Tuesday April 10th) at 7 PM .... The venue is as usual at the Wheaton American Legion Post with
details at; <http://www.mcsm.org/location.html> ... we'll be talking about what happened in the 2007 session and what to do next.
- Henry Heymering, President
Maryland Shall Issue, Inc.
P.O. Box 314
Libertytown, MD 21762