Gun Owners: Be Careful if You Pass Through Maryland

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A Florida concealed carry permit holder had an unpleasant run-in with a Maryland police officer while traveling through the state.

John Filippidis and his family drove from Florida to New Jersey last December for Christmas and a wedding. He knew he’d be traveling through states that aren’t gun-friendly, so he left his gun at home.

“I know the laws and I know the rules,” Filippidis said. “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.”

Filippidis was followed by a Maryland cop on I-95 after passing through the Fort McHenry tunnel. He said the cop flanked him, pulled ahead of him, and then got behind them. After about ten minutes of that, the officer pulled Filippidis over.

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

The officer was from the Transportation Authority Police. He asked Filippidis for his license and registration. Around ten minutes later, he returned and asked John to exit his vehicle.

“You own a gun,” the officer says. “Where is it?”

Filippidis told the officer his gun was at home in his safe.

Apparently the officer didn’t believe Filippidis, because he began questioning his wife, Kally, next:

“Your husband owns a gun. Where is it?”

First Kally said, “I don’t know.” Retelling it later to the Tampa Tribune, she said, “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.”

That’s when things escalated. The officer confronted Filippidis:

“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 a gun could not be produced, since it was home in Filippidis’ safe.

This prompted the officer to call for backup, as the Tampa Tribune reports:

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.

Almost two hours later, after no weapon was found, the Filippidis family was given a written warning (the offense was not noted) and the ordeal ended.

How the officer knew that Filippidis owns a gun has not been revealed. MTAP is conducting an investigation and could not comment.

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  • John Brians

    Hey all you CCW permit holders….welcome to voluntary registration (by virtue of applying for a license….)

    So much for freedom!

    • Chris Sky

      What do you mean… It’s not like they “put you on a list” when you give them all your info… oh wait… yes it is.

    • FranklinK

      Exactly. They will visit all the CCW permit holders first. It is the most current and complete database available, as it is refreshed every few years upon renewals.

  • YH

    History is repeating itself. The bastards are worse than Nazis.

  • CaMaven

    Hi wife is an idiot and the cops were statist bullies

  • The TAP officer will someday pull-over a real criminal. The TAPO is a Zombie-Nazi…Zombieland!

  • yessir, NO SIR!!

    Give me a break, woman!! Being female, I HAVE to add, in those situations, keep your mouth shut and SUPPORT what your husband told the jerk and STOP BEING SO HELPFUL!!! Geesh, I am embarrassed by this woman for our gender.

  • 1XXX


  • robertsgt40

    She couldn’t keep her mouth shut for 10min? BTW, I promise you, anyone that has a carry permit is cross referenced in federale databases across the country. This is what centralizing of power looks like.

    • rex

      When they run your tag of any vehcile thats registered to you they know right away that you have a ccw , no matter what state your in

  • Sir TuberKopf

    Obviously the government maintains an illegal database of gun owners, and are linking it to license numbers and vehicle plates.

    • spidermonkey

      Baloney, Put the Bumper stickers ALL OVER your car, put them on billboards, highway sign, hell sneak up at a Donut shop and put one or two ON the police car. SHOW THEM we are NOT AFRAID, let THEM see OUR numbers and know WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ABUSE ANY LONGER. Don’t hide in the shadows, stand up and be counted..

      • Sir TuberKopf

        Please look up the term “OPSEC”

        Among other comments here, several felt the wife acted stupidly and ran her mouth off in an inappropriate way. She appeared to have no clue to what is at stake, or the ramifications of her actions.

        In the same way plastering signs all over your car advertising your political views, as well as implying that you might be carrying a weapon could at the wrong time make you a target to more than just a jerk trooper.

        When it comes to family security, OPSEC always applies.

  • Joe Jones

    He owns a gun and he has never had “the talk” with his wife about keeping her flipping mouth SHUT when talking to cops?

    • Mujo67

      He lives in Florida where the police expect the average law abiding citizen to own a gun.

  • Liberty’s Advocate

    Government, especially THIS ADMINISTRATION, cannot be trusted to keep their word on ANYTHING. This is how a legal gun purchase is made:

    “The National Instant Criminal Background Check
    System (“NICS”) is a background check that must be performed by any
    Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) when he sells a gun to an individual.

    a person goes to a store to buy a gun, he (or she) must fill out a
    standard firearms purchase Form #4473 which asks some cursory background
    questions. The dealer then calls the NICS number and reads the
    individual information to an FBI computer geek.

    A quick
    background check of the individual purchaser is run, to determine if
    he/she has outstanding warrants, has been convicted of a felony, or
    other criminal activity.

    Normally this action takes only a few seconds, and the NICS checker gives the retailer the go-ahead to “Proceed” with the sale.

    the information on the individual is not instantly available, or there
    is a computer problem, the retailer will be instructed to hold the sale.
    The customer will then be told to return in three days. If the NICS
    system has not contacted the retailer in that time, the retailer may
    sell the gun to the individual.

    Once the NICS system has given
    the go-ahead to allow the sale to proceed, all pertinent information on
    the purchaser MUST be eradicated from the system within 24 hours. The
    FBI has been mandated by Congress and federal law NOT to use this
    information to build a standing record of firearms owners—in other
    words, a gun registration database. Many firearms enthusiasts do not
    trust the system, and fear a national firearms owners database could be
    built from these checks.”

    More evidence that government CANNOT AND IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED where our rights are concerned.

  • NVN777

    And here we see Americans going around yelling USA number 1. Hahahahahaha

  • Asclepius


  • Heinrich Muller


    stop shootin’ when I first took hold.

    It was a
    warm spring night at the ole town hall.

    A group called ‘We the People,’ they were layin’ it down.

    Don’t you
    know I’m never gonna miss that monkey around.

    Lock and
    Load Hoochie Koo. (Lock and Load Hoochie Koo)

    Lordy Mama
    light the fuse. (Light the fuse)

    Lock and
    Load Hoochie Koo. (Lock and Load Hoochie Koo)

    Drop one now
    and spread the news.

    Media starts
    buzzin’ bout this time of fear.

    I’m goin’ round
    back to get my gear.

    We were shootin’
    from the grass that grows behind the barn.

    When my ears
    started ringing like a fire alarm.

    Lock and
    Load Hoochie Koo. (Lock and Load Hoochie

    Lordy mama,
    light the fuse. (Light the fuse)

    Lock and
    Load Hoochie Koo, (Lock and Load Hoochie Koo)

    Drop one now
    and spread the news

    Did someone
    say “ keep on poppin’’

    Hope you all
    know what I’m talkin’ about.

    The way they
    wiggle that trigger, really knocks me out.

    Getting by
    all the time, hope you all are too.

    C’mon little
    closer gonna do it to you.

    Lock and
    Load Hoochie Koo (Lock and Load Hoochie Koo)

    Lordy Mama light the fuse. (Light the fuse)

    Lock and
    Load Hoochie Koo. (Lock and Load Hoochie Koo)

    Drop one now
    and spread the news.

    Lock and
    Load Hoochie Koo. (Lock and Load Hoochie Koo)

    Lordy Mama light thy fuse. (Lock and
    Load Hoochie Koo)

    Lock and
    Load Hoocie Koo (Lock and Load Hoochie Koo)

    My guns out
    spreadin’ the news (Lock and Load Hoochie Koo)

    That I getting
    tired of paying dues. (Lock and Load Hoochie Koo)

    Done said
    goodbye to all the ruse. (Lock and Load Hoochie Koo)

    Lordy Mama light the fuse.

  • BT

    Germany was at war! Judea declared war ON Germany in 1933 and they were enemies of the state.
    In truth, Hitler Lowered the age for Germans TO own guns to 18, and outlawed abortion.
    Why do you spout Judaic nonsense?
    Our nation is run by the same Bolsheviks that destroyed Russia and they aint German.


    The cop didn’t care if the guy had a gun or not, he knew the driver was probably legal. This is nothing but a continuation of what is going on all across America, in every state, by every law enforcement agency (now to include the military), intimidation and mental conditioning to bring every citizen under subjection to the fascist authority of the NWO police, who BTW do not work for you but work for the corporate/military complex at the behest of a “bought and paid for government”. The increased level of police harassment and brutality is obvious throughout every city in America now, the Internet is replete with examples. Welcome to the NWO! Resistance is futile, and keep in mind, they want to use that weapon, they itch to shoot you as now proven in so many cases recently. If you think this is ludicrous, then try one. All socialist/communist government are ruled by induced fear, fear is the common denominator (think 9/1/1).The best offense is, as it always has been, KYMS (keep your mouth shut). As they say, even a catfish wouldn’t get into trouble if it would just keep its big mouth shut. If the Nazi cops wants to know something, let him/her do their own job don’t help them, just answer what is required by law. This is only the beginning, it will get worse. As they say, “You aint seen noth’n yet! (Pardon my grammar).
    Christian, AF Vet, American (uh oh, I just signed my death warrant) Obama will be after me now. Oh well, better to die on my feet than live on my knees.

    • Eileen Kuch

      Learn about Sun Tsu, the ancient Chinese warrior-philosopher who wrote THE ART OF WAR sometime around 286 BC. He was a master of asymetrical (guerrilla) warfare.

  • Timothy Goodness


    • John Smith

      Get a wife who isn’t afraid of a gun, and isn’t afraid to protect her family. Get a REAL wife.

  • h5mind

    Google the presentation (by a criminal defense lawyer together with a police officer) on how to interact with police. It’s pretty simple: NEVER speak to them without an attorney present! I don’t care if you’re so righteous choirs of angels follow you around- DO NOT speak to them, period. When asked if they “may ask you a few questions”, politely say ‘no thanks’ and move on. If they prevent you from doing so, or imply a threat of force if you don’t “cooperate”, immediately ask, “Am I being detained?” If they ignore the question, keep repeating it until they either say ‘yes’ (in which case you ask for a lawyer and SHUT THE HELL UP), or they get frustrated and let you go.
    The inevitable argument of “I have nothing to hide” is very popular. In fact, our jails and prisons are full of people who thought the same thing.

    • spidermonkey


  • spidermonkey

    “Respectfully, Officer, I am not required to answer your questions”……..

  • spidermonkey

    Because they vote Dumocrat and like our welfare

    • Eileen Kuch

      Illegal aliens vote????!!!!! That’s a felony!!!!

  • woody188

    CCW holders are taught to announce when confronted by law enforcement that they have a CCW permit and state whether they are currently carrying concealed or not. All John had to tell the officer on first contact was that he was a CCW holder and that he was not currently carrying concealed.

    Law enforcement knows when they pull you over if you have a CCW permit because your CCW status is tagged to your license plate in your BMV data. Obviously that data is now shared nationwide as part of the BMV data sharing programs.

    John failed to state he was a CCW holder or whether he was carrying concealed or not, so it’s actually John’s fault for his two hour delay and “harassment” because he did not follow the law.

    • bmw111

      I don’t think it is “law” that you have to state whether or not you have a CCW permit and are/not carrying. Show me the law(s). Teaching someone to do something doesn’t make it law. It is absolutely NOT his fault he was detained. If you’re an LE sycophant, and want to point blame anywhere other than an out-of-control LE goon, blame the wife for contradicting her husband.

      • woody188

        In my state it is law you must inform LEO’s if stopped that you are licensed to carry and if you are currently armed. They know from your license plate/BMV information that you have the CCW license. If you fail to inform, they assume the worst and treat you like you are armed/felony stop.

        I’d suggest if you are traveling armed to check the reciprocity agreements for the states you are traveling through and whether or not you must inform for each state. I would not be surprised if Ohio LEO’s expect CCW from other states to inform. Remember, they already know!

    • robertsgunshop

      Only in some states. I know here in Iowa, we have no duty to inform.

    • Sammy

      B F’N S! The cop was acting like an SS trooper. You apparently have never lived in the formally free USA.

      • woody188

        Yes, I have never lived in a free USA. Neither have you. We haven’t been free since the Civil War. Those men were the last real free men of the United States. We’ve never known anything but the heel of our slave master bankers since 1912. Were you born before 1912?

        Before CCW it was worse. If you carried concealed you risked incarceration. Transportation in a vehicle had to be done with bullets in a separate locked compartment and/or the firearm disassembled. CCW is much better IMHO as you actually stand a chance in a fire fight versus having to scramble around trying to assemble and load your firearm while being attacked.

  • Uncle_Meat

    Don’t talk to cops!!! What more do you have to know. Let them arrest you then you can sue. Cops are cowardly punks and need to be spat upon.

  • john burton

    how many time have i told you, using steroids as donut glaze would end badly???

  • Mario Scarabuchi

    USA USA USA USA I am drowning in the freedom that the military is fighting for

  • wally58

    Leave your STUPID wives at home from now on! Wives have a place, barefoot and pregnant at HOME cooking meals SILENTLY.

  • Gordon Preston Brown

    Maryland is under communist control and is diametrically opposed to freedoms and rights given to individuals under the U.S. Constitution.
    Live Free or Die!

  • gordon_wagner

    This is bizarre.

  • Sammy

    Guilty until proven innocent.

  • Godschild

    what an ignorant woman!

  • whitefeather

    Yep, Was suggesting this very idea about a year ago.

  • Formerparatrooper

    This is the Nazi Gestapo. I wouldn’t live in that communist state for anything.

  • Gavincurtis

    TAP : Totally Arrogant Prick

  • Eileen Kuch

    We live in a Bolshevik police state, as BT said. The “DHS” is much more similar to the NKVD or its predecessor, the CHEKA; and Maryland, unfortunately, is a Bolshevik state within a national Bolshevik state.

  • Eileen Kuch


  • Eileen Kuch

    The Maryland Stasi had no right to pull the man’s vehicle over in the first place; the driver was not committing any traffic violation; so, the cops had no business stopping him.

  • Eileen Kuch

    Marbury v. Madison has NEVER been overturned by any succeeding Supreme Court; therefore, it is still valid today as it was when the decision was first handed down, and every “law” violating that decision is null and void, pure and simple.

  • Andy Fife

    It appears ‘they’ want war. I say ; DEREGISTER NOW. Remove all consent. Re-Start the Constitutional Republic that was set aside with the Act of 1871.


  • Andy Fife

    Who needs permission from a fake government that is no more than a private, foreign, corrupt corporation? They have no more authority than the security guard at McMorons or the truck driver for Waste Management: both of which have the same nutrition in their containers.
    You have human rights, screw civil rights of a legal fiction.
    You have God given rights to protect yourself and family 24/7.
    See the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the USA INC corporation, as sociopathic/homcidal as it is, is a signatory. HOLD THEM TO IT

  • wtf

    In other news, Valentine’s Day has been cancelled after Cupid was arrested for carrying a dangerous weapon (bow and arrow). He was shot on sight for being a terrorist threat.

    • Riphly

      Oh, thank god! That little imp buzzing around with that unregistered weapon has had me shivering in my boots for 50 years.
      Now, if it had been a registered Uzi . . .

  • Riphly

    Now this makes me reconsider my positive opinion regarding gun control and registration.
    If by obeying such laws I open myself up for harassment, I think I’d rather not . . . have any such laws at all.

  • TSIndiana

    An often overlooked fact….that “7 country in 5 year plan” has worked so well. NOT!

    Now the USA (and “friends) are openly supporting AL QAEDA terrorists against Assad, giving them weapons…THAT WILL BE USED TO KILL AMERICANS AND CHRISTIANS.

    Score for Israel…American money on the credit card and Christians DEAD. What could be better.

    And the excavators pound down more Palestinians homes, making way for MORE Israel expansion.