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    Maryland, We Have You Surrounded Comment
    Gregory Morris, 11/24/09 8:12:37 am
    WV now has CCW reciprocity with Delaware. The state already has reciprocity agreements with PA and VA. Too bad Maryland doesn't afford the right of self defense to her subjects. Right now, if a WV resident in Berkeley Springs wanted to drive the 15 minutes to Dogtown, PA, they would have to stop before crossing the Potomac, remove their weapon, unload it, and store it securely in the trunk away from the ammo. Then after driving 5 minutes through Maryland, they could pull over, reload and reholster their weapon and continue on their way.

    This latest news means WV residents with CCW permits may carry in a total of 20 other states now. WV also entered into a reciprocity agreement with North Dakota recently. There are at least 3 or 4 that should be added in short order, including Texas and (hopefully) Georgia.

    There are some sticky points in WV's law that the WVCDL is trying to fix, which should make reciprocity with most of the rest of the country a little easier.

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    Re: Maryland, We Have You Surrounded
    Turk Turon, 11/24/09 10:31:58 am
    I actually made that drive once, fully intending to abide by Maryland law 100%.

    But Maryland is only 2-3 miles wide at that point and most of it consists of a highway interchange. As I approached, I kept looking for signs saying, "Maryland 1 Mile" or whatever, but there is no signage at all. I was in Pennsylvania before I realized I had left West Virginia.

    Berkeley Springs is a nice town.
    Re: Maryland, We Have You Surrounded
    Gregory Morris, 11/24/09 11:01:36 am
    Berkeley Springs is nice. The border is basically the river in that part of the state. Once you are on a bridge (on 522 north of Berkeley Springs, I-81 north of Martinsburg, or Oldtown Rd in Paw Paw), you are entering MD.

    If you are on 522 heading North, the last turn-off before the bridge (which goes to the airpark) is basically your last chance to pull off the road before entering MD. Likewise, about 2 minutes after you get onto 70 in Hancock, you are in back in free Pennsylvania.

    Another similar problem I've had is if I was in Kingwood and wanted to go over to Jennings Randolph Lake to do some fishing. I'd only be in MD for about 20-25 miles. Of course, the only way you'll realize you are in MD is when you see a sign saying "5 miles to Oakland". The funny thing is, MD and WV have a reciprocity agreement for fishing that lake, which is split down the middle by the state border.
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