Maryland’s elected officials in Annapolis believe that reducing the number of handguns on the street, even if carried by law-abiding citizens, will reduce the level of handgun violence in Maryland. They achieve this goal by requiring anyone applying for a concealed-carry permit to prove they have a “good and substantial reason” for wanting to carry a concealed handgun.
The proof required is substantial and results in almost no one getting a concealed-carry permit. This restriction might be acceptable if our elected officials could prove they are correct, and that simply reducing the total number of handguns on the street does, in fact, reduce the level of handgun violence. However, no such proof has ever been offered and the folks in Annapolis don’t seem to feel the need to offer any.
Interestingly, if preventing law-abiding citizens from carrying a concealed handgun really results in a lower level of handgun violence, why is