POCOMOKE, MD – Not every elected official in the Once Free State is opposed to allowing law abiding citizens to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. While Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is spending our tax dollars attempting to overturn US District Judge Benson Legg’s ruling that Maryland’s “good and substantial cause” in issuing carry permits is unconstitutional, Delegate Mike McDermott (R-38B) acknowledges that this right should carry the same weight as other enumerated rights such as freedom of the press:
The court has clearly stated our people do not need a "good and substantial" reason to exercise their God-given and constitutionally recognized right to protect themselves and their loved ones with a firearm at all times. The burden does not rest on the individual to prove they have a need and this ruling will require the Maryland State Police to come up with new standards when it comes to the issuance of carry permits. States that have trusted their citizens with the right to carry firearms have benefitted from lower murder rates and fewer violent crimes. States that have stood in the way of their people continue to struggle.
Kudos to McDermott and the minority of Maryland legislators who recognize that exercising our God-given liberty, not the extremes of the nanny state, is the best solution to protect our persons, our property, and our economy. It is our hope that eligible citizens take up McDermott’s rallying cry and apply for carry permits. Only criminals, and the statists in control of Annapolis, have anything to fear.