Maryland is going through CCW law hearings right now and the following is testimony from a resident who lends a personal face to what is otherwise just statistics:
Kudos to the Daily Mail for actually being impartial in presenting this in their story: This incredibly difficult moment a rape survivor stood up in Maryland state Senate hearing to demand the right to carry a concealed weapon
A brave rape survivor took the podium at a Maryland state Senate meeting this week and told the frightening tale about being stalked by a man she never met.
Jacqueline Kahn was speaking in support of a measure that would allow residents in Maryland to carry concealed weapons for self-defense.
The state is currently one of just a handful in the nation that doesn’t allow residents to carry firearms on the basis of protection alone.
‘I need you to know this is so incredibly difficult for me, but I feel like if I don’t humanize this, if I don’t make it clear how this legislation actually affects your daughters, your mothers, the women of this state, then it’s all just a bunch of numbers,’ Kahn told lawmakers.
In her presentation, Kahn told the Senators about how a man was once arrested in her back yard with duct tape and a knife.
‘I wish I could tell you that’s the only time I’ve been stalked, or that’s the only man who has stalked anyone in the state of Maryland. But there’s a huge number of women, who like me have been raped, who like me have been sexually assaulted — and we want the right to be able to do what we would be allowed to do throughout the majority of the rest of the United States,’ she said. Kahn didn’t speak about the details of her rape.
Maryland is one of the most hostile states to firearms owners. In this video, Jack McCauley (the former commander of Maryland’s Gun Licensing Division) explains why he was wrong about gun owners & his preconceptions about them.
- Commander of the Maryland State Police Licensing Division, 24 year veteran of the MSP
- Member of the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit
- Ran the Maryland State Police Gang Unit (statewide responsibility)
- Ran the Firearms Enforcement Unit (tracking down violent criminals involved in gun crime working with ATF)
Maryland had a requirement that concealed carry permit applicants provide a “good and substantial reason” for wanting one. They were sued, and lost, in the case Woollard vs Gallagher and was the first case against “may issue” CCW permitting laws.
He talks about the stats about the number of permits revoked and mentions how CCW permit holders get in trouble less than police officers, something that he refused to believe until he’d done the research himself.
The most interesting part of the video, however, is where he discusses the “good and substantial reason” decision making process for obtaining a permit in Maryland. He mentioned police officers arguing in the breakroom over decisions and the lack of set standards for what was and was not considered a proper reason. Amusingly enough, McCauley related an anecdote about asking one of the police officers whether he’d attend a baseball game in Baltimore without a concealed weapon, to which the trooper replied no due to the high crime rate. The same trooper wouldn’t issue permits to the average citizen.
In closing, McCauley states:
The arbitrary administration of this process, it’s horrible. It’s an absolute nightmare. And it needs to have something done about it. Self defense is very simple. […] What I believe in Maryland is, that, the way that we fight gun crime is out of focus. Completely. There are so many different scenarios and ideas and concepts for fighting gun crime. I’m willing to share them; I need someone to listen to them. We need a committee on that. But let me say this: These guys? [Pointing to audience] Who I once feared the same as you? Carrying handgun permits isn’t it. Statistics show that. They do. They’re not a danger. They’re vetted, a background check was done, they are required to qualify. This is not a danger or a threat to our society”
When doing background for this post, it turns out that McCauley played a part previously in Maryland gun control; specifically during questioning about proposed the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (SB 281), when the O’Malley administration ordered him not to answer questions about the proposed law and how it would have no effect on reducing crime. You can read his affadavit here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/226033546/McCauley-Exhibit-50