By a sheer quirk of fate...I was born in Maryland. Like 'original sin' I've lived my life as a 'recovering Marylander' and have tried hard to avoid it and it's myopic mindlesness since I reached the age of reason. It's motto: 'The Free State' reeks of hypocracy. It's own state anthem is/was a call to arms to throw off the yoke of Federal tyranny and seceed... but they never sing the remaining stanzas. Few can even recite them, much less comprehend their meaning.
MD was joined at the hip to DC by Federal force of armsin 1861 and has never recovered from the occupation operation. The right to bear arms was eliminated from the State Constitution during the Constitutional Convents of 1867 in advance of the 14th Amendment and because of 'Dred Scott' to prevent (former slave) African American's from bearing arms... (or owning dogs even) by the heavily KKK Democrat post war legislature.
I will neverreturn there again for any reason. It's not by accident that I'm a permanent'Zonie.Nor is it accidental I live where I do in the desert'boonies'. I have nothing in common with Maryland... politics, lifestyle, dress, speech mannerismsor even their eating habits. The only way to defend yourself in MD is to do so at your peril from the tyranny of the State. Many do anyway. Many choose not to be a victim, regardless of the 'State'.
God Bless Arizona!