From the Chestertown Spy . . .
Delegate Michael Smigiel, a Republican from Cecil and a concealed-carry permit holder, is working with Delegate Tiffany Alston, a Democrat from Prince George’s, to clarify language in the state’s handgun carry law that Second Amendment advocates have long complained infringes on their rights.
At issue is a requirement to show a “good and substantial reason” to carry a gun, a cornerstone of Maryland’s law that forces applicants to establish a compelling need for the license.
When the General Assembly passed the state’s handgun carry law in 1972, giving state police discretion to award permits, it did not define what constitutes a good and substantial reason to carry a gun. As a result, state police have interpreted court decisions over the years to decide whether each applicant fits the criteria for a permit.