Maryland Lawmaker Proposes Expanding Gun Rights

Change would honor permits from other states

By Jack Heinbaugh
|  Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
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Maryland Lawmaker Proposes Expanding Gun Rights

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Gun permits from other states would be honored in Maryland if one state lawmaker gets his way.

Republican Delegate Michael Smigiel Sr., of Cecil County, is proposing a change in the state's firearms law to honor handgun permits issued by Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The new rule would also be valid for licenses to carry concealed guns.

A hearing on the proposal was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Current law requires Maryland handgun applicants must be 21 years old or older and have a "good and substantial reason" to carry the handgun.  The Associated Press originally reported that the age was 18.

Virginia already honors permits from other states with which it has reciprocity agreements.

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