Maryland has some of the best law enforcement officers in America. The Maryland State Police (MSP) are professional, serious as a heart attack men and women that have been used to pit Marylanders against police by the Governor. To drive a wedge in between the police and the citizens they serve Governor Martin O’Malley used them to enforce his unconstitutional gun control in the state.
The Maryland State Police weren’t given the rules, the tools or the people so they had to had to enlist the help of multiple non-MSP agencies and tasked up to 200 employees with entering Personal Identifying Information (PII) for the MSP in order to reduce the current backlog. In their Press Release, the MSP assured us that the information was secure and that we have nothing to worry about but they were wrong.
There are serious concerns and issues that need to be addressed. A local group, Maryland Shall Issue.Org has found that:
• Employees are accessing a searchable database of 77R forms.
• The web portal to that database is insecure, does not use SSL, has an expired security certificate and is accessible from anywhere on the Internet. It is not contained within Maryland Government networks.
• All of the employees were given the same login and password.
• The database is searchable. You can search by name and even enter partial searches.
From what we understand, the original 77R’s have been scanned in .TIF format and placed on encrypted disks. The employees are accessing the data from the disk and entering it through the insecure web portal.
However, since they all use the same login, it will be virtually impossible to know who accessed what information and when. It also means that if the login information is shared with an outside source, the MSP would have no way of tracking down the source of the leak and enforcing their “confidentiality agreement.”
This information is accessible from anywhere if you have the login information. You can even access it from a smartphone. So basically if you are gun owner, your business is in the street.
Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly spoke at length about how they want to make Maryland safer through strict gun control. It is unvbelieveable that the same people who claim to be proponents of making our state safer could allow such a grievous breach of security.
Not only did MSP allow unauthorized persons to view and input this information, they now are allowing it to be transmitted online without any encryption into a database where everyone shares the same account.
Understand in very simple terms: Your recent order with Amazon.com is FAR more secure than your personal identifying information with the Maryland State Police.
Fellow Second Amendment supporters, the Maryland General Assembly Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review (AELR) will hold a hearing On Monday, September 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in the Department of Legislative Services building in Annapolis to review emergency regulations proposed by the Maryland State Police to implement the provisions of Senate Bill 281.
There will be a rally on Lawyers Mall on September 23rd at 11:00 AM before the hearing begins. Maryland Shall Issue.org (MSI) encourages everyone to show up for the rally and sign up to testify at the hearing. We ask that you keep your testimony to the content of the regulations and not SB281 general complaints or constitutionality. Additionally, this event MUST NOT become a partisan rally but this is an opportune time to let Annapolis know law abiding Maryland citizens, who value their Constitutional rights, are still paying attention.
Your rights are being trampled by this administration. Now is the time to show up and make your voice heard.
Join us in Annapolis on September 23rd!
Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders. http://blackmanwithagun.com