Maryland State Police say there has been an increase in applications for conceal-carry gun permits. This comes after the US Supreme Court struck down “good cause” type provisions in eight “may issue” states like New York, and after Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order to eliminate the state’s key requirement for granting those permits.
“The Maryland State Police Licensing Division reminds citizens a wear and carry permit is still required before you can legally carry a regulated firearm on your person,” a police spokeswoman wrote. Elena Russo added, “The suspension of the ‘Good and Substantial Reason requirement does not change any other aspect in the review of applications for the issuance of a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit.”
Media reports say that the email system that the State Police use to acknowledge the receipt of wear and carry permits became overwhelmed over the past few days. That’s the online licensing portal that the police’s licensing division uses. So, those who submitted applications online did not receive an email confirming that the police got those electronic forms because the auto-reply function was beyond its capacity.
One of the changes from the Governor’s order is that applicants no longer need to attach documents to the “PERSONAL PROTECTION DOCUMENTATION” section on the “Upload Documents” page of the Wear and Carry Permit application. But, applicants for the state carry permits still must submit documentation of the required firearms training, which is 16 hours for an original permit application and eight hours for a renewal application. Also, applicants are still required to provide a receipt that they have had their fingerprints taken on a livescan system, so that police and FBI can conduct a background check.