Already done. Here's what I sent:
My name is JohnXxxxxx and my wife and I live on Virginia's Eastern Shore.We wereborn and raised in Southern Maryland, and lived there until I retired from the Federal Government in 2002. My Wife and I have a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP)and carry a handgun for self protection.
Because the Eastern Shore is mostly rural area, if I or my wifewant to go shopping at the mall or go to a specialty store that is not in thearea we need to go across the Chesapeake Bay or into Maryland. While Maryland is closer toour residenceI prefer to travel across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Va. Beach or Norfolk to shop so I do not have to give upmy right to keep and bear arms for self defense.
We also havechildren, grandchildren and other familythat still live in Southern Md. and if we visit them we have to give up the right to arm our self'swhile traveling to and from their house. If we go to visit family in PA we are required to stop at the MD/VA line, unload our handgunsand place them in the trunk. Then once we reach PA we stop reload and place our handguns inour holster to continue our trip as our VA CHP is valid in PA. The more a handgun is handled loading and unloading the more chance an accidental or negligent discharge may occur.
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Second Amendment to the Constitutionguarantees an individuals right to keep and bear arms. The recognition of our VA CHP by the Great State of Maryland would make life a lot easier and safer for all involved and go a long way in getting more VA residents to visit and shop in MD.
Rev. John Xxxxxx
Xxxxxxx, VA XXXXX