U.S. District Judge Rules Maryland Handgun Permit Requirement Unconstitutional

On Monday, a federal judge ruled that Maryland can no longer require residents to provide a “good and substantial reason” to legally own a handgun, calling the state’s requirement for getting a permit unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg ruled that 2nd Amendment protections aren’t limited to the household, and that while states have some say in how their residents exercise 2nd Amendment rights, the right itself was enough of a reason for a citizen to carry a gun.

Plaintiff Raymond Woollard filed a suit in 2010 after Maryland’s review board rejected his request to renew his handgun permit since Woollard could not provide substantial evident of “threats occurring beyond his residence.”

Legg’s ruling is an important victory for gun owners, since the federal district court has now declared that the 2nd Amendment extends beyond private property and protects individuals wherever they have a right to be.

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