Support for Shall Issue Legislation in Maryland sign now

As citizens of, and those employed in, the state of Maryland we would like to formally request that Maryland alter it's gun laws such that any upstanding citizen will be issued a concealed firearm permit unless the governing body responsible for licensure can find a good and substantial reason that an individual should not be issued a license.


The current law which states a person must have a good and substantial reason to need a license is discriminatory against average citizens, given that it provides means for those who own their own businesses or deal regularly in large amounts of cash to obtain a license but does not allow the average working citizen to do so.


In addition to being discriminatory, laws such as those currently in place in Maryland have never proven to have a positive impact on violent crime and have in fact been shown in some cases to negatively impact it. As supporting evidence, we present this data compiled from the FBI's publicly available crime statistics pages:


The average of the data presented above indicates a difference of over 100 percent in violent crime rate even if you remove the extremely high DC area, which in fact has the strongest gun control laws of all our surrounding areas.


In addition to the crime rate being positively impacted by passing shall issue legislation, the economic impacts it would have on the state are substantial. In the 6 years since Michigan has passed their shall issue legislation they have issued 130,000 additional concealed carry licenses. Maryland's current licensing costs are $127.25 for initial licensure and $69.25 for renewal which is required every 2 years. The resultant increase in revenue for the state would be in the neighborhood of $2.36 million dollars a year. This revenue increase is without introducing any additional taxes or cutting any programs. The calculations for this additional revenue has been previously provided to members of the House Judiciary Committee. Explanations of the calculations used are available here.


There is currently a bill that has been presented which would serve the purpose of this petition. That bill is House Bill 2, we the undersigned urge you to consider passing this bill which would only provide benefit to our state.

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