First of all, the Constitution’s “Full Faith and Credit” clause should apply to concealed carry licenses.

And here’s what happens when they don’t.  Some douchebag with a badge in Maryland thought he would pull over a card-carrying good guy and try to jam him up on a gun charge.

Well, guess what?  The law-abiding good guy was…  a law-abiding good guy.

And the douche cop, who frankly needs to be tarred and feathered for violating the civil rights of this family (and odds are this isn’t the first time he’s pulled this stunt), is still working.

…And some folks wonder why we tell people to not trust cops.

John Filippidis with his Keltec P3AT that Maryland Jack-booted storm troopers were so eager to get their paws on.

HUDSON (Tampa Tribune) – John Filippidis, silver-haired family man, business owner, employer and taxpayer, is also licensed to carry a concealed firearm.

…“I know the laws and I know the rules,” Filippidis says. There are, after all, ways gun owners can travel legally with firearms through hostile states. “But I just think it’s a better idea to leave it home.”

So there the Filippidises were on New Year’s Eve eve, southbound on Interstate 95 — John; wife Kally (his Gulf High sweetheart); the 17-year-old twins Nasia and Yianni; and 13-year-old Gina in their 2012 Ford Expedition — just barely out of the Fort McHenry Tunnel into Maryland, blissfully unarmed and minding their own business when they noticed they were being bird-dogged by an unmarked patrol car. It flanked them a while, then pulled ahead of them, then fell in behind them.

“Ten minutes he’s behind us,” John says. “We weren’t speeding. In fact, lots of other cars were whizzing past.”

“You know you have a police car behind you, you don’t speed, right?” Kally adds.

Says John, “We keep wondering, is he going to do something?”

Finally the patrol car’s emergency lights come on, and it’s almost a relief. Whatever was going on, they’d be able to get it over with now. The officer — from the Transportation Authority Police, as it turns out, Maryland’s version of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority — strolls up, does the license and registration bit, and returns to his car.

According to Kally and John (but not MTAP, which, pending investigation, could not comment), what happened next went like this:

Ten minutes later he’s back, and he wants John out of the Expedition. Retreating to the space between the SUV and the unmarked car, the officer orders John to hook his thumbs behind his back and spread his feet. “You own a gun,” the officer says. “Where is it?”

“At home in my safe,” John answers.

“Don’t move,” says the officer.

Now he’s at the passenger’s window. “Your husband owns a gun,” he says. “Where is it?”

First Kally says, “I don’t know.” Retelling it later she says, “And that’s all I should have said.” Instead, attempting to be helpful, she added, “Maybe in the glove [box]. Maybe in the console. I’m scared of it. I don’t want to have anything to do with it. I might shoot right through my foot.”

The officer came back to John. “You’re a liar. You’re lying to me. Your family says you have it. Where is the gun? Tell me where it is and we can resolve this right now.”

Of course, John couldn’t show him what didn’t exist, but Kally’s failure to corroborate John’s account, the officer would tell them later, was the probable cause that allowed him to summon backup — three marked cars joined the lineup along the I-95 shoulder — and empty the Expedition of riders, luggage, Christmas gifts, laundry bags; to pat down Kally and Yianni; to explore the engine compartment and probe inside door panels; and to separate and isolate the Filippidises in the back seats of the patrol cars.

Ninety minutes later, or maybe it was two hours — “It felt like forever,” Kally says — no weapon found and their possessions repacked, the episode ended … with the officer writing out a warning.

“All that time, he’s humiliating me in front of my family, making me feel like a criminal,” John says. “I’ve never been to prison, never declared bankruptcy, I pay my taxes, support my 20 employees’ families; I’ve never been in any kind of trouble.”

Face red, eyes shining, John pounds his knees. “And he wants to put me in jail. He wants to put me in jail. For no reason. He wants to take my wife and children away and put me in jail. In America, how does such a thing happen? … And after all that, he didn’t even write me a ticket.”

Now, despite having fielded apologies from the officer’s captain as well as from a Maryland Transportation Authority Police internal affairs captain, John is wondering if he shouldn’t just cancel his CCW license.

For a guy who’s not looking for trouble, that’s not an unreasonable conclusion. And it would please fans of gun control by any means. But let’s hope John Filippidis, American family man, taxpayer and good guy, doesn’t cave, because it would be a sad statement about the brittleness of our guarantees — some would call them sacred — under the Constitution.

Those a-holes are apologizing because they know their butts are swinging in the wind for a six or seven-figure Section 1983 civil rights lawsuit.

Have fun, boys.  I hope Mr. Filippidis gets enough to retire should he so choose.

10 thoughts on “Maryland cops hardly welcoming to Florida CCW holder”
  1. Just register your guns … What harm is there in that? It’s for your own good. C’mon, you can trust the government …

  2. Why is it that the NRA GOA or any other gun rights group got behind some good lawyers and just sued the living day light out of these over zealous officers? Cities and bad cops doling out millions might get some attention.

  3. The orifisse was probably high on steriods and barbs after getting a gun law briefing by democraps political hacks.

  4. How did this cop know this gentleman was a CCW holder… that info is private down here 8n FLA…. So, how did the cop know???

  5. Something doesn’t add up in this account.

    The McHenry tunnel is in Baltimore. That’s a long way from either the northern or southern border of Maryland.

    And how did the cop know Filippidis owns a gun or has a CWP? Florida doesn’t flag drivers’ licenses with CWP info. Florida doesn’t register handguns, let alone share that information with other states.

    Filippidis isn’t being honest here. Maryland is hostile to gunowners, but there’s no way they knew anything about his gun or his CWP unless he brought it up in the first place.

    1. As a former LEO, if you run a license from Florida, the NCIS check will return a hit on whether the person being run holds a CCL regardless of the state the driver’s license was issued in. I don’t know how you got the impression that a CCL isn’t flagged because it is. I’ve run licenses from Florida myself in Texas and run across CCL holders from Florida.

  6. I’m retired LEO and this officer over-stepped big time. Even if he found out the man had concealed carry it’s the intent issue. This man and his family going down the road are not the problem that this country has. It should have been clear as glass there was no intent to hurt the officer or anyone else as far as that goes. To do what they did to him and his family is an outrage.

  7. As retired law enforcement in the Socialist Republik of MD, I can tell you that my hair is on fire about this outrage. This incident once again shows the abuse when you combine the states’ databases being fed into the Federal Fusion Center in Utah. NO ONE is safe from harm. What “reason” to stop somebody will it be next? Just wait until the NoBamaKare records get merged. You know, the questionnaire your Health Kare provider will have to fill out on you including whether you are a firearms owner. Ever attend a 12-Step meeting? You’re destined for a stop under the “reason” you might be DUI. Have a NRA sticker on your vehicle. In MD, you’re dead meat. Kids got on the school Honor Roll BUT the decal “labels” you as living in a ‘conservative’ place? You’re likely to get wacked in MD. This Florida family’s abuse and nightmare is only the BEGINNING, folks. I know cops and if the Transportation Authority PD is allowed to skate on this matter, things WILL be taken by them, and other similarly-minded agencies, to the extreme.

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