I thought about this the other day, part of the problem w/NJ and MD is when you apply for a CCW is they don't refund the application fees, even if you don't get the permit. That'll discourage anyone to even try. If they had to give your money back, then they'd be spending time running backgrounds,exc. just to say "NO," and then they'd have wasted time and taxpayer money for nothing. If you don't lose anything by trying then more people would try.
I think if this happened, you could conceivably overrun the departments with so many applications they'd HAVE to start issuing or it could be a big drain on the departments resources. I think it would be easier to change this than to flip the state overnight into a "shall-issue," state.
What do you guys think?