Maryland, a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, may soon see some legislative changes thanks to a bill aimed at changing the criteria for issuance of handgun-carry permits.
“We’re going to get some of these crazy laws off the books, we’re going to restore rights and we’re going to make this a safer place to live,” Said Maryland State Delegate Kevin Hornberger, who says that the state’s current gun laws don’t serve the public, according to this story from the local CBS affiliate.
In Maryland, wear-and-carry permits are issued to adults with “good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against danger.”
The story points out that this includes being a business owner, armored car guard, or for personal protection with documented threats, much like the laws we’ve reported on in Washington D.C. that is currently under review by a federal appeals court and in San Diego.
Hornberger and others want to include self defense in that list.
“I think it’s really important. Maryland puts a lot of initiative on guarding money. Most of the people that have handgun permits have it because they carry cash, yet you can’t get a handgun permit because you feel like you’re in need or your family is in danger,” said State Sen. Wayne Norman. “And to me, the fact that money is more important than family is ludicrous.”
Opponents of the change say having more people on the streets with guns will lead to more incidents of gun violence.
If it passes, the change would go into effect in October.