Aside from perhaps the one gun wrapped in the rag, he was not breaking any laws. A rag is not a "case" or "holster with a flap or securing device". However this is so trivial, it is rediculous.
Lawsuit time? After all the cop infringed on his 4A rights. ACLU may even take this up.
What county was this in?
St Marys, and the people involved are just glad to have it over and done with.
The youngster will eventually need a security clearance and they did not want to chance a firearms related conviction on his record.
It hits home to me, because I taught this youngster to shoot, and I pounded in his headthe restrictions in this state about transporting firearms.
And the fact is, that irrespective of the illegal (depending on how you read Maryland law, see above post) search and seizure, he was not 100% in compliance with the law.
He would rather have the disorderly conduct on his record than illegally transporting a firearm - - - so they took the deal.
Not sure what I would have done.
Well then again I am sure, I would transport in the locked steel gun safe I have locked and chained under the rear seat of my truck.
I do have a concealed carry permit from Virginia, but first you have to legally get out of Maryland.
Looking at permanently getting out of MD soon !