Carry Permits For Weapons?

| July 23, 2009 | 10 Comments

Peaceful Rally Scheduled For August 1

We just received notice of a peaceful protest scheduled for August 1 to voice the opinion that the requirements to carry a concealed weapon ought to be reduced.

Purpose: To have a large, completely peaceful and unarmed gathering of supporters of “Shall Issue” laws in Maryland. empty holstersWe will be wearing empty holsters in protest of the current “Discretionary Issue” system that sees Handgun Carry Permits issued only to those politically connected or dealing in extraordinarily large amounts of physical cash or the occasional person who can meet the impossibly high burden of proof needed to receive one for self defense.
How to Participate: This is a completely grass-roots event. There will be no formal meeting place. The intent is to have a nice day with the family and friends in Annapolis, shopping, eating and sight seeing while wearing, in plain sight, an empty holster . You will know others participating in the protest by their open holsters. Stop, introduce yourself and make a new friend. We will provide a flyer that you can hand out to anyone curious as to why you carry an empty holster .

The notice referenced the website, Maryland Shall Issue.  For more information, you can also visit the Facebook page.

What are your thoughts? Do we need more concealed weapons permits issued? Are we unnecessarily blocking the civil right to bear arms to some citizens?

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