Maryland --(Ammoland.com)- As the Woollard case awaits action by the 4th Circuit Court, a number of questions persist regarding the status of carry permit laws and carry permit applications already submitted.
The bottom line is: nothing has changed in Maryland law and nothing will change at least until the 4th Circuit Court returns a ruling. However, some things have changed procedurally due to the unusual number of carry permit applications submitted when the U.S. District Court of Maryland decided in favor of Woollard.
The Maryland State Police Licensing Division has been working diligently to prepare for the expected ruling from the 4th Circuit. It has also made a serious and good faith effort to mitigate the impact on those who applied for carry permits in spite of our urging to delay applying until after the matter is fully litigated in the Courts.
The information from Captain McCauley is factual. If nothing else, the stay imposed by the 4th Circuit Court has created some time for proper planning, and hopefully a smooth transition to a much more positive environment.
In addition to the carry permit issue, we have also been working with the Maryland State Police in a effort to streamline the process and reduce the red tape on a number of other issues of importance to Maryland gun owners.
We will continue to keep you posted as needed. In the meantime, please be patient and stay safe!
John H. Josselyn
Legislative Vice President
Email from Captain Jack McCauley, Commander
Licensing Division – Maryland State Police
You have expressed interest in what we are doing with Handgun Permit applications. As always, we are processing the normal applications as usual.
I realize this may be confusing. The attached letters will be sent to applicants who submitted without good and substantial.
1) If an application was previously held awaiting an appeal, we will continue to hold that application. The applicant still has the option to add Good and Substantial, or request the application be processed as is.
2) If during the confusion of the Stay being lifted and application was received and the checked cashed, we will hold those also. The same as above applies.
The rule of thumb is…If an applications was received by the Licensing Division while the law was in limbo and no clear ruling was provided by the court on a stay, we will hold the application. If an application was received at any time when a stay was in place, we are sending it back with their money.
March: We have 212 on hold from the first “confusion period.” We mailed back 144. 6 were returned with G and S.
July: We have 54 on hold from the second “confusion period.” We are mailing back 32.
I realize this is not fair for everyone. But it is the absolute best we can do considering the unusual circumstances.
Captain Jack McCauley
Commander, Licensing Division
Department of Maryland State Police
1111 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Note: The links below were not part of the email from Captain McCauley
- Click here for MSP letter to applicants whose checks were cashed.
- Click here for MSP letter to applicants whose checks were returned.
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