MD Handgun Permit Law Upheld on Appeal

Mar 21, 2013 -- 9:31pm

Maryland's handgun law which requires applicants for a permit to carry a handgun should have a substantial reason is constitutional.  A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth District reversed a March 2012 district court ruling which pronounced that "the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defense extends outside the home," and that "such right is impermissibly burdened by Maryland's good-and-substantial-reason requirement."  Fourth Circuit Judge Robert King in his opinion said the good-and-substantial-reason requirement “is reasonably adapted to Maryland's significant interests in protecting public safety and preventing crime.”

Read the Court's Opinion

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