90 Miles From Tyranny : Are Anti-Constitution Maryland Cops Targeting Gun Owners From Pro-Constitution States?

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Are Anti-Constitution Maryland Cops Targeting Gun Owners From Pro-Constitution States?

Avoid Maryland, don't drive through it, don't vacation there, don't visit anyone you know there.

A year ago this New Year’s Eve, John Filippidis of Florida was driving south with his family on Interstate 95 when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled over his black Ford Expedition and proceeded to raid it while his twins, wife and daughter looked on — separated in the back seats of different police cruisers.

The officers were searching for Mr. Filippidis‘ Florida-licensed, palm-size Kel-Tec .38 semi-automatic handgun, which he left at home locked in his safe. (Maryland does not recognize handgun permits issued by other states.)

When the search turned up nothing, Mr. Filippidis, 51, was allowed to go and was issued only a speeding warning.

The incident gained national attention. Mr. Filippidis went on multiple radio programs and described in detail how scared and outraged he and his family were. He wondered: How did the police know he was licensed for concealed carry, and what right did they have to search through his personal items on the side of the busy interstate filled with holiday travelers on that 10-degree day?

“My wife’s hysterical, shaking and crying,” Mr. Filippidis recalled in an interview with The Washington Times. “I don’t have a criminal record. I own a business. I’m a family man, and I tried to explain that to [the officer]. But he had a bad attitude, didn’t want to hear my story. He just wanted to find that gun and take me away from my family. That was his goal, but he couldn’t do it, because I didn’t have a gun, like I told him.”

Mr. Filippidis‘ case earned the support of Second Amendment advocates and subsequent apologies from the MDTA. But an internal police review concluded his stop and search were lawful and did not violate police protocols.

Those findings, however, have not satisfied other out-of-state gun owners, who worry that they, too, have been targeted for minor traffic stops in Maryland because they have concealed weapons permits. Their stories are ...
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Differ said...

Interesting story which wattants more investigation.
Incidentally I got so irritated with the WaPo link due all the ads making it barely readable on android phone I downloaded the TextOnly app. Dont bother...it's a great concept poorly executed...

Differ said...

Warrants....stupid tiny keypad.

Hacksaw said...

Fuck Maryland!!!!

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Anonymous said...

The first time I heard this story it was in New Jersey, not Maryland...just sayin'. Regardless, I advise any Citizen to never, never, never get a concealed carry permit. It is your God given right to keep and bear arms. To get a concealed carry permit is to be a beggar. Personally, I started carrying concealed in 1974, on visits to the then hellhole of New York City. NYC has its charms, but I did not go into the lion's den unarmed. I did not ask permission. Lived in Washington, DC when Marion Barry was Mayor. Carried concealed. Did not ask permission. Wouldn't have mattered, as it was NOT allowed by the gubmint. Florida, California, et al. I've lived alot of places. Carried concealed. Still do. I am in no Government database. With this post, I may now be in a database, but I am an old man now. I do not hide my name. I speak to my sons. Never, never, never apply for a concealed carry permit.