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Old January 28th, 2018, 07:43 AM #1
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CCW strategies in MD...thinking out loud here...

Hi folks...I can't believe this hasn't been asked, so point me to the thread if there's one already that you know of. I did a little searching and didn't see one.

Question: What are some "unconventional" CCW applicaiton strategies that folks have used to obtain one in MD? Feel free to message me if you don't want to share publicly.

I've read a bit about it, and MD sounds at least as restrictive as CA (where I just moved from). I don't own a business, don't do security, don't carry diamonds every day, etc. Have "I work/live in a dangerous area" arguments worked?

Just learned a couple of weeks ago that MD permits are pretty restrictive even if you get them, in that they only permit you to carry in the specific area or while doing the specific work you say you need the permit for. So if you're a process server, you can carry while doing that work, but not otherwise.

Are law enforcement allowed to carry when off-duty? Or do they need a separate permit for that? When we lived in Los Angeles, I was looking into the LAPD reserves corp, and found out that one benefit was making it easier to get a concealed carry.

Thanks for any thoughts or experiences you can share!
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Buy property and/or start a business. Maryland allows property to be protected. Your life, not so much. There are special carve outs for LEO, but I do not think we have a police "reserves" corp like LAPD reserves.
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Buy property and/or start a business. Maryland allows property to be protected. Your life, not so much. There are special carve outs for LEO, but I do not think we have a police "reserves" corp like LAPD reserves.


If you start a business en route to applying for a CCW, you need to make sure it is a legitimate business and that there is a business need that justifies carrying a firearm. Mine is incorporated, owns property, carries insurance, and actually does business and can prove it with invoices, a P&L statement, registered articles of incorporation, and state tax receipts. I included all of that stuff with my application. Don't think that you can make a shell business and sneak it past the MDSP.
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If you start a business en route to applying for a CCW, you need to make sure it is a legitimate business and that there is a business need that justifies carrying a firearm. Mine is incorporated, owns property, carries insurance, and actually does business and can prove it with invoices, a P&L statement, registered articles of incorporation, and state tax receipts. I included all of that stuff with my application. Don't think that you can make a shell business and sneak it past the MDSP.

Is your permit restricted?

Iím curious because Iím a business owner myself with similar structure to yours. I can carry while at my business premises, but I just figured what is the point of getting a restricted permit if would only allow me to essentially travel too and from work or the occasional jobsite. I do drive a company car and I do carry expensive equipment with me often.
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Is your permit restricted?

Iím curious because Iím a business owner myself with similar structure to yours. I can carry while at my business premises, but I just figured what is the point of getting a restricted permit if would only allow me to essentially travel too and from work or the occasional jobsite. I do drive a company car and I do carry expensive equipment with me often.


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Legitimate, obviously. What will be interesting to see is whether people involved in the legal medical pot business, but who are not otherwise users, will be able to get a permit. Pot is a legitimate business in MD now, which primarily relies on cash - until its legal at the federal level anyway.
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Legitimate, obviously. What will be interesting to see is whether people involved in the legal medical pot business, but who are not otherwise users, will be able to get a permit. Pot is a legitimate business in MD now, which primarily relies on cash - until its legal at the federal level anyway.


That's a really interesting point. I wonder how the exchange with the trooper will go.
Trooper: Why do you need to have a firearm for work?
Pot shop owner: Dude, I transport lots of bud and massive cash.
Trooper: Denied.
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That's a really interesting point. I wonder how the exchange with the trooper will go.
Trooper: Why do you need to have a firearm for work?
Pot shop owner: Dude, I transport lots of bud and massive cash.
Trooper: Denied.
HPRB: ??

This is going to get interesting.
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