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Maryland Concealed Weapons Bill Sparks Debate

A new bill introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates would make concealed carry permits issued by Delaware, Pennsylvania, or Virginia valid in Maryland, according to The Carroll County Times. Currently, under Maryland law, if a private citizen wants to carry a concealed handgun they must have a permit to do so. Permits can only be obtained if a person shows evidence of recent threats, robberies, or assaults with official police documentation.

The delegate who introduced the bill wants to make it possible for Maryland residents to obtain permits to carry concealed weapons. The bill would allow out-of-state residents to carry a gun in Maryland and will give Maryland residents the chance to receive concealed carry permits from the surrounding states. The bill currently remains in the House Judiciary Committee.

According to the Maryland State Police, there are currently 47,000 active concealed carry permit holders in Maryland. In 2009, 2,135 new permits were issued, and 173 applications were not approved. Supporters of the law believe that they have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons and that if they aren’t allowed to carry, the only people with guns will be criminals and the police. Those opposed to the bill say they want to make sure that guns are safe and locked up.

Many people facing gun charges in Maryland own handguns but do not realize they are breaking the law. For example, under Maryland law, if you owned a legal handgun, were threatened with bodily harm by someone, and started carrying the gun with you without obtaining a permit, you could be facing concealed weapons charges, even though the gun was legal.

If you are facing weapons charges in Maryland, contact the Maryland gun charge defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC. We will help you challenge those charges in court. Contact us at (301) 321-7277 today.