Maryland Shall Issue has joined the AGC!

 

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MSI is now an AGC club!

Maryland Shall Issue, inc. is proud to announce that it has formally joined the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore (AGC) as an Associated Club. Therefore, anyone who is a current member of MSI in good standing is eligible to purchase an AGC range badge upon completion of a range safety orientation. This is an important benefit for members as the AGC range is one of the finest shooting facilities on the East Coast. 

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MSI is now offering range orientations for our members!
Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/MSIAGCwalk

While MSI members may use their membership for badge renewal, we encourage our members who already belong to one of the many clubs that comprise the AGC to maintain that membership and continue supporting that club. AGC clubs are absolutely necessary to promote the growth of shooting sports in Maryland and they deserve your support. We are honored and grateful to have been welcomed by the clubs at the AGC and are looking forward to working together to promote Marylanders’ rights and the responsibilities that come along with them.

About the AGC



The Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc. was formed on July 1, 1944, when several World War II veterans in the Baltimore, Maryland area began looking for a place to shoot recreationally and competitively. They organized with several other Baltimore area shooting clubs to form the “AGC”.

The AGC range facility is located on sixty acres in northwest Baltimore County, at the junction of Marriottsville Road and Wards Chapel Road (see Directions).

The range offers all clubs’ members, their families, and guests a safe, maintained, and clean location to enjoy the shooting sports year-round.

The AGC offers a 50yd pistol range, 100yd multipurpose range, 200yd hi-power range, action shooting bays, trap shooting, and more.

You can read more about the AGC and its facilities HERE.

AGC Range Rules and Info Page
AGC Range Rules PDF - Last updated 6/7/22
AGC Policies and Procedures (Includes info on shooting steel, holster certification, etc...) - Last updated 6/7/22

How do I get a Range Badge?

To obtain a range badge as an MSI member, a person must attend a Range Safety Orientation and participate in a walk-through of the AGC Range facilitates (a 90-minute process) conducted by a Certified Club Instructor and agree to follow and obey AGC Range Rules. MSI offers these orientations at least once a month at no extra cost to its members. They can be signed up for at https://tinyurl.com/MSIAGCWalk. If no dates are available, email  for availability.

Before coming to an orientation or visiting the AGC, it's a great idea to take the Range Rules Quiz.

After the walkthrough and to buy the badge, members will need:

  • Proof of active MSI membership (show current card, receipt of your membership purchase, or by logging into your account via phone or other device and demonstrating the account is active)
  • Government-issued photo-ID
  • Form of payment (cash, credit card*, or check)
    *If using an Apple Card, the AGC's staff must enter the card's virtual numbers manually.

    Additional information about range badges can be found HERE and more information about the AGC can be found HERE.

The AGC will accept a printed or digital receipt of your membership or display showing your membership. You can do this from your account page, or by showing your MSI confirmation email.

MSI is now offering range orientations for our members!
Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/MSIAGCwalk


The AGC itself also hosts orientations for a fee of $10 on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, rain or shine, to associated club members in good standing. Group size is limited. To sign up for the AGC's orientation, please e-mail: The AGC will accept a printed or e-mailed receipt of your membership or display showing your membership. You can do this from your account page, or by showing your MSI confirmation email.

If signed up for an MSI orientation and you must cancel, please provide as much advance notice as possible via email to , replying to the instruction email, or by calling us at 410-849-9197.

Please recognize that we are all volunteers. We're humbled by your support of MSI!

We need MSI members to volunteer to serve as Certified Instructors/Safety Officers to conduct Range Safety Orientations for existing or new Members. Please let us know if you are willing to serve in that capacity by dropping us an email at . Members are also invited to attend AGC Range Workdays, for maintenance and upkeep of the Range. Time thus spent can reduce the cost of the annual range badge. Please feel free to contact us at  or to call at 410-849-9197.


Latest News

Maryland Shall Issue


On July 5th, 2022, Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement:

“Over the course of my administration, I have consistently supported the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms, while enacting responsible and common sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

“Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in New York law pertaining to handgun permitting that is virtually indistinguishable from Maryland law. In light of the ruling and to ensure compliance with the Constitution, I am directing the Maryland State Police to immediately suspend utilization of the ‘good and substantial reason’ standard when reviewing applications for Wear and Carry Permits. It would be unconstitutional to continue enforcing this provision in state law. There is no impact on other permitting requirements and protocols.

“Today’s action is in line with actions taken by other states in response to the recent ruling.”

In response, the Maryland State Police provided this advisory

The Maryland State Police Licensing Division is in the process of updating the Licensing Portal to reflect these changes. Until these updates are complete, applicants submitting a Wear and Carry Permit application are directed to select “Personal Protection / Category Not Listed Above” as their “Handgun Permit Category”. Applicants are not required to attach documents to the “PERSONAL PROTECTION DOCUMENTATION” section on the “Upload Documents” page of the Wear and Carry Permit application.

Additional information and a link to the Licensing Portal, can be found on the Maryland State Police website. Maryland State Police Licensing Division.

We welcome the Governor's order and the decision to comply with the Supreme Court's decision in Bruen. For the first time in decades, ordinary responsible, law-abiding citizens in Maryland will have their Second Amendment right for self-defense outside the home respected. We stress that permit holders, nationwide, are the most law-abiding persons there are, with crime rates far below that of commissioned police officers. The Second Amendment is not a threat to the public. It protects the right of self-defense and that protection is fully consistent with public safety.

For everything on how to apply for a Maryland Wear and Carry permit, check out our in-depth guide HERE.

We are pleased and gratified that Maryland's "good and substantial reason" requirement will no longer be enforced. MSI has pushed for that result for as long as it has existed and the Supreme Court has now confirmed that carry outside the home by responsible, law-abiding citizens is a fundamental constitutional right. At last, Marylanders will be treated like people in other "shall issue" jurisdictions, like the residents of 43 other States and the District of Columbia.

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"Good and Substantial Reason" is Unconstitutional

 

6/24/2022

On June 23, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) v. Bruen, striking down as unconstitutional New York's  "proper cause" requirement for issuance of a permit to carry a handgun in public. That decision is directly applicable to Maryland's "good and substantial reason" requirement for the issuance of Maryland carry permits. MD Code, Public Safety, 5-306(b)(6)(ii). As Bruen now holds, the Maryland State Police (MSP) may not require any "good and substantial reason" before issuing a permit. The decision makes clear that law-abiding, responsible adults have a constitutional right to protect themselves beyond their homes with a handgun, which is the "quintessential self-defense" weapon, as the Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008). While we believe that the Court's holding in Bruen is clear, MSI is currently a party in Call v. Jones, which is a federal court challenge to the "good and substantial reason" requirement. This case is currently before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and was being held in abeyance (on pause) pending the outcome of Bruen. Now that Bruen has been decided, that case will proceed. Indeed, the Fourth Circuit has just issued an order setting a briefing schedule in that appeal.
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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Maryland Shall Issue®, Inc.
9613 Harford Rd
Ste C #1015
Baltimore, MD 21234-2150

Phone:  410-849-9197
Email: 
Web:   www.marylandshallissue.org