‘May Issue’ is the same as ‘May Not Issue’

If they’ve got the discretion to give you a concealed carry permit they’ve got the discretion to turn you down.

Md. crime victim sues over denial to renew permit to carry concealed handgun

On a snowy Christmas Eve a few years ago, Raymond E. Woollard was watching television with his family when he heard someone tapping at the windows of his Baltimore County farmhouse.

It was not Santa.

An intruder entered, the Woollard went for a shotgun, and a struggle ensued. Fortunately, the homeowner and his son came out on top because the son had a second shotgun. Police arrived an hour later, delayed by icy roads.

As a result of the incident, Woollard was issued a concealed carry permit. However, his request to renew it has been declined.

Police denied his request last year to renew the permit, saying they thought the danger to his life had passed.

The agency said it was “because I hadn’t been attacked” again, Woollard said in an interview. “They said, ‘If you have any problems, you let us know.’ ”

Yeah. Maybe they’ll be there in less than an hour next time.

The intruder, who is Woollard’s son-in-law, has a history of trouble and is now out of prison. He lives only three miles from Woollard.


  1. It’s great when people that don’t know you or give a crap about you can decide if you are allowed to legally defend yourself based on what they “think” is likely. Jefferson would throw up from this kind of garbage.

  2. “…they thought the danger to his life had passed.”
    Whenever someone tries to pull out the old “I think you should…” I respond with: “Unfortunately, reality is not limited by your imagination.”

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