» Nicholas J. Paros of Bel Air, a former state trooper and Natural Resources Police officer who now works for an international security consulting firm.
» James L. Ballard Jr. of Bel Air, a former director of law enforcement for the Pentagon.
» Jacques Ramon Cowan of Crownsville, a detective with the Montgomery County Police Department and task force officer for the regional field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
» Daniel F.C. Crowley of Bethesda, an attorney at a Washington, D.C., firm who specializes in financial services policy.
The five-member handgun board was left with almost no one on it after state senators refused to confirm Hogan’s appointees during the last General Assembly session. The new appointees can serve until the next General Assembly session, when senators would decide whether to confirm them or not.
The Maryland Senate has refused to confirm Gov. Larry Hogan’s appointment of three members to a board that reviews decisions by state police on permits to carry concealed handguns, with several senators citing the board’s rate of granting appeals.
The next session is also when senators and delegates are likely to vote to override Hogan’s veto and allow their bill to become law — dissolving the handgun board entirely.
The next regular General Assembly session is scheduled for January.
It’s possible that a special session could be called sooner than that if the Supreme Court rules that some or all of Maryland’s congressional district boundaries must be redrawn. The court heard arguments earlier this year in a case over whether the state’s 6th Congressional District was drawn unconstitutionally, and a ruling is expected by the end of June.
The handgun board hears appeals of Maryland State Police decisions on applications for permits to carry a handgun. There are about 520 appeals pending before the handgun board.