MD headline: MD Head Cop expresses "Guarded" Pro Gun Stance


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boltaction
July 22, 2003, 01:00 PM
I was just listening to a local Baltimore talk/call-in radio show (Chip Franklin) (Tues, July22, 2003, ca. 11:15AM). The Head Cop of Md (EDWARD T. NORRIS, Secretary of State Police) answered a call from a listener who asked him his opinion on CCW, esp. given the data of John Lott and others. His answer, for someone in a high political position in the State of Maryland, was quite telling and quite positive from our point of view (these are not quotes, but give the jist of his answer):
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EDWARD T. NORRIS:

1. First, I am a cop, I do not make the laws, I just enforce them, so I will give you my personal opinion.

2. I like to concentrate on the people who commit crimes, not on the guns themselves.

3. I do not like to restrict law-abiding citizens.
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Now for those of you who are not from MD, this may not be a big deal, and "in yer face" RKBA types (and I am one) prefer much stronger language than this. HOWEVER, for a MD Police Chief, this is a GREAT response. And remember that we ARE a Police State - the MD State Police determine who does and does not get CCW. Rumor has had it that Norris and our new Republican Gov'r are "reviewing" CCW in MD at least within the rather restrictive confines of our "May Issue" system. I am guardedly optimistic, but if you are a MD-er, be sure ALL your politicians in MD know where YOU stand on CCW and related RKBA issues. Keep fighting, do not give up, and do not sit around waiting for others to secure your rights for you - this is just a tiny crack in the "system" that is all yu need if you have a good wedge.

Boltaction
Pol. St. of MD.

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MBG
July 22, 2003, 01:25 PM
I thought AG Curran (author of "A Farewell to Arms: The Solution to Gun Violence in America") was setting the tone for CCW in MD.

Is he out of the picture?

Marty

Kharn
July 22, 2003, 01:42 PM
MBG: AG is an elected position in Maryland, Curran's limited in what he can do (but that includes Gestapo raids on any firearm owners with misdomenor convictions due to MD's 'No less than three years' sentencing structure from years past), he's not in the CCW-issuing loop.

Kharn

rrader
July 22, 2003, 05:56 PM
First they turn down two Kennedy's for higher office, and now this. I may have to reconsider my vow to never move back across the Potomac.

themic
July 23, 2003, 09:08 AM
no, don't reconsider the vow. MD is evil for many many more reasons than gun control.

NavyDoc
July 23, 2003, 11:58 AM
CCW reform?
I'll believe it when I see it.
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