Maryland Handgun Permit Law
(GunReports.com) -- A federal judge in Maryland has declared a key provision of the states gun-control laws unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg focused on one portion of Maryland law that requires residents to show they have a good and substantial reason to carry a gun, such as a precaution against apprehended danger. Legg ruled that the requirement was too broad and said it violates the Second Amendment.
The Court finds that the right to bear arms is not limited to the home, Legg wrote in a 23-page ruling signed Friday. The law impermissibly infringes the right to keep and bear arms, guaranteed by the Second Amendment, he wrote.
The plaintiff, Raymond Woollard, was denied a handgun permit in 2009. Woollard, a Navy veteran who once fought with an intruder in his Baltimore County home, was denied a permit because the state found that he could not show he had been subject to "threats occurring beyond his residence," according to the suit.
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