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Old December 6th, 2018, 10:13 AM #1
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All the girls in high school "NOT DISAPPROVED" me, too.

Don't get me wrong: I was glad to get this email. But I'll never understand the phrasing of "Not Disapproved." You have to wonder how many meetings of the BOGSAT it took to come up with that phrase.

(BOGSAT = Bunch Of Guys Sitting Around Table)

Congratulations. Your application, XXXXX, to purchase a regulated firearm from XXXXX has been Not Disapproved by the Maryland State Police. You may return to the selected firearm dealer to arrange pickup/transfer of your item during the dealer's regular business hours.

When you return to your selected firearm dealer to pick up your item, you will need the application PIN in order to complete the weapon transfer. The PIN for application XXXXX is: XXXX.

If you have already taken possession of the firearm in question, or you believe you are receiving this email in error, please notify the Maryland State Police Licensing Division immediately at: 410
Thank you,
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Old December 6th, 2018, 10:17 AM #2
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That phrase is a deliberate reminder from your state government that their default position and preference is for you to be denied. This is meant to make you feel cautious and to remain in a mother-may-I mindset about your rights.
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It's not politically correct for Maryland to approve someone to own a firearm.
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Old December 6th, 2018, 10:25 AM #4
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I think it may be a liability thing...if they actually approve you for a firearm then should you or someone else with your firearm commit a crime, an adventurous attorney could sue the state as a party to the crime since it was the state that approved you for the firearm in the first place. By stating you're not disapproved it means they couldn't legally stop you from obtaining it. The fear of liability drives a lot of government as well as corporate decisions.
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I think it may be a liability thing...if they actually approve you for a firearm then should you or someone else with your firearm commit a crime, an adventurous attorney could sue the state as a party to the crime since it was the state that approved you for the firearm in the first place. By stating you're not disapproved it means they couldn't legally stop you from obtaining it. The fear of liability drives a lot of government as well as corporate decisions.
^^^this.

You beat me to it, sir.
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It may sound like a liability issue, but of course it's mere weasel-wording, pandering to the anti-2A crowd that the state has worked so hard to create and empower.
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I think it may be a liability thing...if they actually approve you for a firearm then should you or someone else with your firearm commit a crime, an adventurous attorney could sue the state as a party to the crime since it was the state that approved you for the firearm in the first place. By stating you're not disapproved it means they couldn't legally stop you from obtaining it. The fear of liability drives a lot of government as well as corporate decisions.
Simple truth.

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I think it may be a liability thing...if they actually approve you for a firearm then should you or someone else with your firearm commit a crime, an adventurous attorney could sue the state as a party to the crime since it was the state that approved you for the firearm in the first place. By stating you're not disapproved it means they couldn't legally stop you from obtaining it. The fear of liability drives a lot of government as well as corporate decisions.


I doubt the state would’ve liable even if were worded differently. Hell, a county inspector can inspect a deck 10’ off of the ground but when it falls because of improper construction it’s not the county’s problem.


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Personally, I would conjecture that the State AG has likely advised them that it puts the State in a precarious position if they were to use the word "approved" in regards to the exercise of a Constitutionally-protected civil right, hence the double-negative weasel phrase.

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