Maryland Police Using Concealed Carry Database to Harass Gun Owners


http://www.gunnews.com/maryland-police-using-concealed-carry-database-harass-gun-owners/

A disturbing trend is manifesting itself in the street of Maryland. The police are targeting gun owners for extra scrutiny by running out of state license plates in an attempt to find gun owners. Once they have identified a gun owner, they perform a traffic stop and try to find gun violations.

These tactics first came to light when a driver from Florida, John Filippidis, was pulled over and his car searched while his wife and children were forced to stand outside in the cold weather. No firearm violations were found and he was sent on his way with a speeding warning. The officer claimed that he could smell marijuana in the car and gave him reason to search it.

Filippidis isn’t the only Florida driver that has had trouble not only in Maryland, but by the exact same officer. John Tonnesen IV was pulled over and arrested because he had a handgun in his work truck. The gun was in a duffle bag, in the back of the cab, unloaded. Maryland law requires that the gun be in a locked case.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police say that this officer is part of their I-95 corridor detachment and that he hasn’t done anything wrong.

“The MDTA Police conducted a review of the traffic stop and have concluded that the stop and subsequent search of the vehicle were justified,” spokesman Jonathan Green wrote in an emailed statement. “The investigation did not reveal any violations of law or agency policy.” (Courtesy of the Washington Times)

A Baltimore, Maryland criminal defense attorney doesn’t see it the same way. Paul Kramer, a former deputy U.S. attorney for Maryland, said,

“You think that Maryland would honor legitimate people with guns rather than charging people who are legitimately carrying but doing it incorrectly,” said Mr. Kramer, who was former deputy U.S. attorney for Maryland. “I would think that the police would want to take the time to go after those people who don’t have a legitimate right to have a gun rather than locking up people who have a valid license. An otherwise law-abiding citizen can get arrested here. It’s just a waste of officer time and resources. The police should let those people go.”

Many states, including my state of Utah, attach a note to the driver’s license of concealed carry permit holders. At least in the State of Utah, this is so that the licensee does not have to carry their CFP with them all the time. It also allows officers to know that they are dealing with a law-abiding citizen who has been through background checks and actually goes through one every 24 hours in order to maintain the permit.

It now appears as though the Maryland police are using this information in an attempt to find people breaking their unconstitutional and moronic gun laws. Instead of arresting the plethora of gang members and other assorted nefarious scumbags that walk the streets of Baltimore and Prince George’s County, they are out looking to make criminals of out-of-state guests who may not completely understand Maryland’s confusing and ridiculous gun laws.

In fact, many Marylanders, including the police, still do not have a firm grasp of the new gun laws that have been put into place the liberals in the Maryland State House. But, not to worry, Maryland is now a very safe state, since the legislature has made it nearly impossible for anyone to get a concealed carry permit or own anything other than a single shot shotgun.

I’m positive, because I’m just that kind of guy, that the gang bangers in the slums and projects surrounding D.C. (on the Maryland side) will now be rushing to turn their weapons in and abide by these new laws. I’m also sure that when they transport these guns they do it in a manner in accordance with the gun laws.

I’m sure everyone in Maryland also feels safe now that the death penalty is gone and the last four death sentences have been commuted by the soon-to-be former governor. I’m sure the families of the victims are also just as happy that the killers will now live the rest of their lives in comfort and peace—all the while being supported by the victims’ tax money. Bravo, governor!

Yes, the State of Maryland is now doing their best to turn law-abiding citizens into criminals. Is there really any wonder why the law abiding people of this country are starting to distrust law enforcement? Believe me, I understand that it is a select minority of officers that are being idiots and are untrustworthy. But, what difference does that make to the person and his family that are forced to endure the humiliation of being treated like a criminal? What difference does it make to the man that is arrested and taken to jail, forced to hire a lawyer (do any of us really want a public defender?) and then, contrary to the constitution, prove his innocence? It doesn’t matter if that Maryland cop is the only bad cop in the world; if he is the one who pulls you over, you are screwed.

The citizens of Maryland are the only ones who can do anything about this. Of course, the recourse for the rest of us is to avoid visiting the State of Maryland like it is Ebola, or a Democrat gathering—same thing. It is unfortunate that the people of Maryland are the ones getting hammered on these deals. They recently lost a bunch of jobs when Beretta moved their operation out of the state because of the new gun laws and now, hopefully, Maryland will see a dramatic decrease in people visiting their beautiful attractions, Ocean City, Fed Ex Field (although if Snyder continues to own the team there won’t be any fans left HTTR) the Chesapeake Bay and other beautiful spots.

I lived in Maryland for 8 years of my life and I loved it. The first gun I ever owned was a Savage single shot 20 gauge that my brother and I saved our paper route money for and my dad bought it for us at a sporting goods store in Prince George’s County where we lived. I have fond memories of the state, so I am saddened by what is happening there and even sadder that it is happening to the good Marylanders.

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