Carry Permit Denials, Hagerstown & Bowie Festival Update by Maryland Shall Issue

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Maryland Shall Issue

Maryland ––( Carry Permit Denials: As we indicated in previous updates, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the District Court finding that the State’s requirement for a lawful citizen to demonstrate a “good and substantial” (G&S) cause to carry functional arms in public was unconstitutional.

Even though the plaintiffs have promised an appeal to the Supreme Court, the State Police have begun issuing conditional denials to those who submitted applications without providing G&S — essentially giving people the opportunity to provide G&S in the event they have one the state deems sufficient.

If you have a G&S, then we are encouraging everyone to submit G&S as best you can. Be it if you carry cash, carry expensive property, or just detailed descriptions of why you need the permit. We cannot speculate how successful we will be, but we should press forward nonetheless. The State claims that they approve almost 90% of all permit requests, and they like to tout their averages as defense for their actions.

Of course, they typically forget to mention they discourage applications from those they do not pre-approve.

So, if you have paid your fees, then press your case. Once you are denied, you can (and should) request a hearing. A written request must be filed with the Secretary within 10 days after receiving written notice of the Secretary’s initial action. Alternatively, a person may request that the Handgun Permit Review Board review the decision of the Secretary by filing a written request within 10 days of the Secretary’s initial action.

Our rights are worthless if we don’t fight for them. If you have the ability to go to a hearing to push your request, we encourage you to do so.

Hagerstown Events
MSI was present at the 8th Annual Bonanza Extravaganza in Hagerstown. We thank everyone who participated in this event and helped spread our message.

We will be attending the Hagerstown Gun and Knife show on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th. We could use a few additional people to help. Please email us or reply to this email if you would like to help.

Hagerstown Gun and Knife Show
Hager Hall Conference & Event Center
May 18 – 19 Sat. 9-5 Sun. 9-3
901 Dual Hwy.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

MSI will again be participating in BowieFest. It is a single day event held on Saturday, June 1st. We are looking for people to help with this event. BowieFest is an excellent outreach opportunity for us.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Allen Pond Park
3330 Northview Drive
Bowie, MD 20716

Towsontown Spring Festival
MSI would like to send a sincere thank you to everyone who made the Towsontown Spring Festival a success. We were able to speak with a large number of people with varying degrees of interest and education on our issues. This event and those like it are critical to our outreach efforts.

Your event? Your organization?
MSI continues to look for outreach opportunities. If you know an event that you think we should attend, please let us know. If you are a member of an organization, consider inviting MSI to speak to your organization. We are also looking for prospective Executive Members to participate in an Events Committee to plan and coordinate outreach activities. If you are interested, please let us know.

Maryland Shall Issue, Inc.
1332 Cape Saint Claire Road #342
Annapolis, Maryland 21409

Mission Statement: Maryland Shall Issue is an all volunteer, non-partisan effort dedicated to the preservation and advancement of all gunowners’ rights in Maryland, with a primary goal of CCW reform to allow all law-abiding citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon; and to the education of the community to the awareness that ‘shall issue’ laws have, in all cases, resulted in decreased rates of violent crime. Visit our website

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I need to travel to DE to visit family. I can go through either MD or PA. Will not go through MD any longer.

Mike Young

It should be the State or Local Jurisdiction to prove a(Good and Substantial) reason to deny a permit to a citizen to Lawfully carry a gun, not the citizen proving a Good or Substantial reason to the State or Local Jurisdiction why they should be allowed to carry a gun.


For the time being there is a solution to living under unconstitutional tyranny . Just get the hell out of the state of Maryland like I did twenty five years ago , I have had my CCW permit for twenty years now with NO G&S bullcrap , just a clean record and a shall issue state .

D. Murphy

I am so pleased I don’t live in a Progressive People’s Pardise State!!