Maryland Handgun Owners Get Important Court Victory

Maryland does not have the strongest track record when it comes to gun rights, but a federal judge may have just made it a bit easier.

Maryland’s handgun ownership law originally had a provision in it that anyone applying for a permit had to show a ”good and substantial reason” to legally own a handgun. But that changed Monday, March 5 when U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg ruled that the law was unconstitutional.

According to Fox News, Judge Legg said that states have a right to have some leeway in how the second amendment applies to their citizens, but found that Maryland was unfairly restricting their resident’s rights. The law “was to limit the number of firearms that individuals could carry, effectively creating a rationing system that rewarded those who provided the right answer for wanting  to own a gun.”

The case stems from a 2010 ruling that Raymond Wollard could not keep his handgun after failing to show “good and substantial reason” to have it. Wollard’s appeal and this ruling now make it easier for law-abiding citizens to obtain a permit and carry a fire arm in Maryland.

The fight is not over, however. Assistant Attorney General Matthew Fader has said that he will appeal the decision. We’ll keep tracking this for you.

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