Not only do they not get them automatically, they don't get them period. Being retired law enforcement is not considered "justifiable need" by the State of Maryland. When I was a cop in Maryland, I had a buddy who was a state certified police officer working for a specialized agency that prohibited off-duty carry. He tried to get a permit from the State Police and it was denied. And he was an actual, working, state certified cop. So, I'm afraid retired guys who don't qualify under LEOSA are out-of-luck.