Gun Groups Sue State of Maryland Over Handgun Qualification License Requirements

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Gun Groups Sue State of Maryland Over Handgun Qualification License Requirements
Maryland Shall Issue (MSI)
Maryland Shall Issue (MSI)

Annapolis, MD -(AmmoLand.com)- Yesterday, Maryland Shall Issue, Altantic Guns of Rockville and Silver Spring, MD, and several individual citizens of Maryland filed suit in federal district court in Baltimore, challenging every aspect of the Handgun Qualification License (HQL) requirements imposed by the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, and the implementing regulations and practices imposed by the Maryland State Police in 2013.

A copy of the complaint, as filed in court, can be found HERE on the Maryland Shall Issue website.

Briefly summarized, the suit alleges that the Handgun Qualification License requirements, both as set forth in the statute, and as implemented by the Maryland State Police, violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

By placing unjustifiable and overwhelming burdens on the right of law-abiding citizens to purchase a handgun for the home. The suit further alleges that aspects of the statute and the regulations violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by, among other things, imposing such vague requirements that citizens are exposed to a profound risk of discriminatory and arbitrary arrest and prosecution.

Finally, the suit directly attacks the regulations issued by the Maryland State Police on a variety of state law grounds.

Those regulations and practices impose even more onerous requirements, not required by the statute, and are thus illegal under well-established principles of Maryland administrative law.

The HQL requirements, particularly as implemented by the State Police, were intended to create as many obstacles to the purchase of a handgun as possible and thus effectively ration the exercise of constitutional rights to the few who have the substantial time, money, specialized knowledge and sheer determination to navigate all these roadblocks to the exercise of a constitutional right. That result is wrong and simply cannot be meekly accepted without a fight. That fight is now on.

Our legal counsel in this suit is Cary J. Hansel, Hansel Law, PC, 2514 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. While the State of Maryland is sure to resist and it is always hazardous to predict litigation, we look forward to working with Cary to achieve a successful outcome in this case.

This is just the first step. There is a still a long road ahead and we will need your continued help and support as this suit proceeds.

Sincerely,
Mark Pennak
President Maryland Shall Issue

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About Maryland Shall Issue:

Mission Statement: Maryland Shall Issue is an all volunteer, non-partisan effort dedicated to the preservation and advancement of all gunowners’ rights in Maryland, with a primary goal of CCW reform to allow all law-abiding citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon; and to the education of the community to the awareness that ‘shall issue’ laws have, in all cases, resulted in decreased rates of violent crime.

For more information, visit: http://www.vcdl.org/webapps/vcdl/2017leg.html.

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I haven’t gone shopping for a handgun in quite some time, and was truly dumbfounded to learn of this process. I guess as a second class veteran with honorable discharges from two branches of the military at different times my service which involved firearms is less than that of a supply clerk that retired from the military and never saw service overseas (and I am not in the least looking down on the service of anyone who repeatedly sign their name on the line for our country – as none of us were in control of where we would end… Read more »

Musa
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Musa

The HQL is a wast and BS. Violated my right to a bare arm with a hand gun but the HQL does not apply to long gun any one can purchase a long gun. I been shooting for over 25 years from Skeet, Trap to Target shooting. I have shot 9mm, 22mm, 32mm, to a Colt 45.

The reason I never went thru the HQL is I have security clearance that the Federal already did a background check and finger printing. Why do I need to pay for another back ground and finger printing?

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

The “handgun Qualification License” is just ANOTHER absurd LUXURY TAX and DELAY tactic by the DemocRATs in Maryland, the so called – (The Free State).
I agree that new gun owners need to take a class so they understand firearms. Both the FUN and DANGERS which are inherent in the ownership of a weapon.
Otherwise the “Handgun Qualification License” is nothing but a FARCE.

TheGunnyRet
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TheGunnyRet

Criminals Don’t Fingerprinted, Don’t Wait 7 Days, Don’t pay any Fees, Don’t seek out LEO for Signature…But off course a Law Abiding Citizen to protect themselves has the arduous task of validating there requirement…Its been BS since Day ONE…You Have My Support as a MDer…

jim
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jim

It would be helpful to list what these requirements/regulations are.

Mike
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Mike

First you must be fingerprinted, which runs anywhere from $55-$75. The local LE offices have essentially stopped doing fingerprinting so you have to go to a private business. After that you have to submit the paperwork online for the license, which runs $50 for I believe 10 years, then it needs to be renewed at $20. After you submit the paperwork, you need to take a class. This class must be a minimum of 4 hours and contain state firearm laws, home safety, basic function of the gun and a live fire component. After this you have to wait until… Read more »

Vanns40
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Vanns40

As a MD HQL certified Instructor I can categorically state it is a complete waste of time and money. I no longer teach the course because it is such a waste of time and violation of a citizen’s Constitutional rights.

mark bush
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mark bush

Then even after getting an HQL you still need to pass a background check at the POS and pay for that and wait 8 days for release of your new hand gun which the only thing an HQL is good for is to increase the burden on the law abiding citizen. So the city dweller that scrapped together the 150 for an Highpoint only to spend between 100 and up to 400 to get an HQL then have to spend an additional 25 dollars to pay for POS background check and then wait 8 days to get there hand gun.… Read more »

SuperG
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SuperG

Police Chiefs are appointed sycophants of the current regime. Sheriff’s are elected by the people, and therefore listen to them. I’m so glad that I live in a state where the Sheriff’s issue the permits.