4 Jan 2015

Don’t Travel To This State If You Have A Concealed Carry Permit…

Police in Maryland are targeting out-of-state travelers who have concealed carry permits, according to reports at The Washington Times and The Baltimore Sun.

A year ago this New Year’s Eve, John Filippidis of Florida was driving south with his family on Interstate 95 when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled over his black Ford Expedition and proceeded to raid it while his twins, wife and daughter looked on — separated in the back seats of different police cruisers.

The officers were searching for Mr. Filippidis‘ Florida-licensed, palm-size Kel-Tec .38 semi-automatic handgun, which he left at home locked in his safe. (Maryland does not recognize handgun permits issued by other states.)
The incident gained national attention. Mr. Filippidis went on multiple radio programs and described in detail how scared and outraged he and his family were. He wondered: How did the police know he was licensed for concealed carry, and what right did they have to search through his personal items on the side of the busy interstate filled with holiday travelers on that 10-degree day?
Mr. Filippidis‘ case earned the support of Second Amendment advocates and subsequent apologies from the MDTA. But an internal police review concluded his stop and search were lawful and did not violate police protocols.

Baltimore Sun reports there are 21 states behind West Virginia’s attorney general who are seeking to overturn Maryland’s ridiculous new gun control law. The attorneys general argue in an amicus brief filed this month that Maryland’s law was written too broadly and violates the Second Amendment rights of their citizens.
“States must band together in times when they see citizens’ rights being diminished or infringed upon,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said.

Read more at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/30/gun-owners-fear-maryland-cops-target-them-for-traf/

1 comment:

  1. This nonsense isn't just about the 2nd amendment. Had Maryland arrested the guy because he had the gun it would have violated his constitutional rights under the interstate commerce clause. If the gun was legal at the origination point and is legal at the destination point then it's legal even without a Maryland permit to transport it through Maryland, most certainly on a federally funded interstate highway as he was doing.