and why 'may issue' carry permit laws suck.
That night made Woollard a crime victim for the first time in his life and also one of a select few Maryland residents to receive a license to carry a concealed handgun. But to Woollard's surprise, Maryland State Police denied his request last year to renew the permit, saying they thought the danger to his life had passed.
The agency said it was "because I hadn't been attacked" again, Woollard said in an interview. "They said, 'If you have any problems, you let us know.' "
Well, isn't that comforting? Especially considering
Then they waited for more than an hour for police to find their way, on icy back roads, to the home, about 25 miles south of the Pennsylvania border.
According to the police it was just shy of two effing hours. Yeah, it was a holiday and there was bad weather; it still took nearly two hours for them to get there on a call involving a home-invasion burglary and someone being held at gunpoint. So 'if you have problems, let us know' doesn't exactly fill you with confidence, does it?
Woollard, 62, of the Hampstead area, contends that the right to bear a firearm for self-defense is so paramount that a state agency should not be able to arbitrarily deny it.
"It's up to me. Do you have to show a reason to have a driver's license?" Woollard said. Under current law, the only people likely to carry guns are criminals who do not follow the law anyway, Woollard said. "And the police, as good as they are, show up after the fact."
And, of course the Brady Friends To Ban Guns have weighed in:
CeaseFire Maryland, a nonprofit group that advocates for gun control, brushed off the challenge.
"Good luck to him," spokesman Casey Anderson said. "I would have a hard time imagining that the Supreme Court is going to say you have a constitutional right to hide a firearm on your person."
As I recall you people said virtual and actual bans on gun ownership were 'reasonable', so I imagine you think the police being able to say "We'll decide if you're allowed a permit" is reasonable; the rest of us don't think so.