There are very few individuals permitted by the state of Maryland to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense. The state’s “may issue” concealed carry laws may prevent the vast majority of legal gun owners from lawfully carrying, but one look at Baltimore’s homicide rate and it’s clear that violent criminals are ignoring the prohibition on bearing arms on a regular basis.
Frankly, why wouldn’t they feel emboldened? Mayor Brandon Scott and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby have already made it clear that they’re adopting a soft-on-crime approach, with Mosby declaring that her office would no longer prosecute a large number of low-level offenses, including prostitution, drug distribution, and even trespassing.
So far, that approach hasn’t paid off. Homicides are up substantially in Baltimore this year, on pace for a seventh straight year of 300+ murders. And while criminals are feeling emboldened, a new video making the rounds on social media shows that police may be deciding not to bother making arrests for other crimes, like carrying a gun without a license.
The Baltimore Police Department is investigating a video posted to social media of a city police officer being taunted by a man with a gun inside a shop but apparently taking no action in response.
The video shows a young man inside the unidentified convenience store lift up his jacket to expose and pat what appears to be a handgun on his hip. The camera then pans toward a uniformed police officer who watches.
“Front of the police and all that,” a man filming can heard saying. The camera then focuses on the officer’s gun, and the man filming says, “he got his gun, we got ours.”
The officer, who appears unfazed, shakes his head and responds “you’re a clown.”