Podcast: Rallying for the right to bear arms

Ask me about my empty holster

Larry, a participant in an "Open Holster Rally" in Annapolis, hopes to bring attention to Maryland's Second Amendment rights.

Members of the organization Maryland Shall Issue rallied in Annapolis this week for their Second Amendment rights. Duane Keenan was there and filed this podcast.


About The Author

Len Lazarick


Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.


  1. Markthompas

    Thanks Larry, you got it exactly right.  The more responsible people that legally carry the safer we all are because criminals, who already use strong arm tactics or illegal weapons will be deterred from committing violence.   

    Look at all the states that have become ‘shall issue’ in the last couple decades; every one of them has seen a reduction in violent crime and not a single state has ever repealed their ‘Shall Issue’ status, simply because it works.

    Help marylandshallissue.org and help Maryland become a safer state by supporting Shall Issue.  

  2. NormB

    Thanks, guys.  I put myself out there many years ago, got evicted from the state house for “lobbying” (private citizen talking to his so-called
    representative).  You can get a permit if you are a lawyer, handle large amounts of cash in your line of business, have had documented death threat(s) against you, or are politically connected.  Mostly politically connected.  Will be moving soon.  Screw Maryland.  I don’t vacation here, don’t invest here, have no plans of “retiring” or dying here.  Good luck getting your civil, human, constitutional rights affirmed by the communist party (i.e. – DNC/GOP) here.

    • Kwill690580

      Norm, I understand how you feel and do not blame you one bit.

      When you have leaders as qwe do you can only cringe and wait for it again. O’Malley and Blake will do as they damn well please just as the Obama administration does on a daily basis. Obama laughs and says that he will work around our dis-functional Congress. The very first day they take a break he installs people from his side. That was actually an illegal act but nobody is calling him on it.

      Do you see how the others work thier agendas ?

      We need to quietly work with our friends to gain ground. I do not care how slowly it happends as long as it does happen. If not we will lose all together. Nobody in the past has managed to gain ground by stomping their feet and screaming that its our right !

      Even the NRA has changed the way they do things.

      Yes, I am for this effort.

      But we need to change the face of it. We need to work from another angle. 

      We need to stick together. This is something that we don’t do.

      – JW.

  3. JaneUSA

    Thank you Larry and everyone who didn’t let the cold weather stop you!  It’s way past time for Marylanders to demand the freedom to exercise ALL of our rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.  Self-defense is a natural right that preexisted government.  It’s time to hold the line on tyranny and push it back.

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