Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

August 5, 2013

Seven-day waiting period has turned into 100 days or more

Here it is, Aug. 3. I and thousands of Maryland residents have been waiting 102 days for Maryland to release our personal property.

Some have been waiting longer than 102 days. We purchased pistols and/or rifles and forced to wait a seven-day (yeah, right) waiting period before we could take possession of them.

This actually violates two of our constitutional rights, the 2nd and 5th amendments. The state of Maryland is illegally depriving us of our property without due process of the law.

I think the people affected by this should file a class action lawsuit against Maryland for these violations. I’ll bet if Maryland was told to pay each of us $1,000 for each day they’ve violated our rights they would never do it again.

This state needs to be held accountable for its actions against its people. They have gone too far.

I’m no one special, just a hard working, taxpaying Maryland resident who needs to be taken seriously. I served four years active duty in the United States Marine Corps, honorably discharged as a sergeant, am a retired Maryland state trooper and don’t deserve to be treated as a criminal by the state of Maryland.

I, and many others served our country, served our state, and this is how we’re treated? They say crime doesn’t pay, it seems being an honest, hard-working citizen in the state of Maryland doesn’t pay.

Thanks for nothing, Gov. Martin O’Malley. You and all politicians swore on the Holy Bible to honor the Constitution of the United States. When do you plan to start?

Mike Detrick, USMC/Sgt.; MSP (Ret.)

Cumberland

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