The purchase permit is not the same as the carry permit, BTW. After I buy the pistol, I'll still need to take classes from an accredited, approved instructor (say, Joel Rosenberg) before I can file paperwork for the carry permit. I figure once I get through the hurdle of being allowed to buy, though, the carry permit ought to be easy.
It could be worse. In Maryland, it wouldn't matter if I'd been raped, was currently being stalked by a vengeful ex, and had a job that required me to carry cash & valuable jewels around in crack-infested parts of Baltimore - the odds of my getting state approval to buy a pistol, much less carry one concealed, would be slim and none. Well, it used to be called the Free State once, but that was a long long time ago.