As a person who does not own a gun, the only comment i have is i would prefer open carry being legal, as opposed to concealed carry. I could then make a more informed personal decision about the safety of my surroundings.
In Maryland you either have to be an ex-LEO or have three documented threats against your life to get a concealed carry permit.
Are you looking for people willing to submit written threats? Heh.
Bizarre rule. Are most violent crimes in Maryland preceded by three documented threats, or something?
Having documented proof of an actual criminal offense also can get you the carry permit. Well, providing you survive the crime...
Being a businessman and frequently carrying large amounts of cash is also good rationale, per the People's Republic of Maryland.
But you still can only get the carry permit IF and ONLY if the Sheriff or local CLEO signs off on the thing.
Hell, they changed the laws just this year so that: In order to be permitted to purchase a handgun, you need a background check, fingerprints, classroom work, range time, fill out the papers...(ex-LEO exempted). Did I say purchase? Heck, just to be allowed to rent one at a gun range you need Handgun Qualification License.
This is the state that recently dispatched with the Death Penalty, coz. You know, murderous thugs are people too. But screw the citizens, they can just go ahead and be victimized.
So...for the sake of argument say your sister lives in Maryland, owns a business, has a restraining order against her ex who once assaulted her...if the Sheriff thinks she has any right to self defense, he might sign off on it. Process can take years.
On the other hand, illegal immigrants can get driver's licenses and in-state tuition and all kinds of free help from the "Free State."
The visible presence of a side arm does not elevate the threat level.
Could you explain what you mean by this? I'm not entirely sure that I'd agree. I know that when I see someone carrying a firearm it without question raises the level by which I feel threatened.
Simple, you don't f with a guy carrying a gun.
Does that include the police? If not, this may simply be a case of hoplophobia. Easily treatable by hanging around with responsible gun owners and ignoring media presentations of gun owners as Neanderthals.