NRA Asks Court to Hold Maryland Handgun Law Unconstitutional

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The NRA is assisting plaintiffs in challenging Maryland’s potentially unconstitutional handgun qualification law. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The plaintiffs in an NRA-backed lawsuit today asked a federal court to declare Maryland’s handgun qualification license law unconstitutional.

The current handgun qualification law requires residents in Maryland who wish to legally purchase a handgun to first fill out an application, obtain a copy of their fingerprints from a third-party, attend lengthy classroom instruction, pass a live-fire exercise, pay a $50 application fee, then wait up to 30 days for the state to process the information. Once these steps are completed, the purchaser must then follow Maryland’s additional laws and undergo another background check, pay another registration fee, and wait an additional seven business days before they can take possession of the gun.

“This law was put in place with no other purpose than to discourage, financially burden, and intimidate law-abiding people from purchasing handguns for self-defense and other lawful purposes,” said Amy Hunter, spokeswoman, NRA. “This is quite simply a background check, after a background check, after a background check.  It is wasteful and burdensome.  But, more importantly, it has zero impact on the criminals using illegal firearms to commit crimes. Maryland should stop restricting the rights of law-abiding people and focus on going after criminals.”

The state’s own expert witness admitted the law was created to “intimidate” law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment right to buy a handgun.

“This is an unconstitutional and wasteful law. It creates hoops that impede the average citizen’s ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right to own a handgun while not affecting the black market or other illegal venues where most criminals get their guns,” concluded Hunter.

The case is called Maryland Shall Issue, Inc., v. Hogan. It was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.


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Bill
Bill (@bill1776)
10 months ago

They can and sure do come up with new and restrictive laws a whole lot faster than courts are able or willing to find them unconstitutional. Why is our justice system allowed to be such a losing battle, while supposedly standing all proudly as a bulwark that protects liberty and justice?

Laddyboy
Laddyboy (@laddyboy)
10 months ago

$50.00??? It costs near to $200 to go through the complete rigmarole to get the UNCONSTITUTIONAL HQL!

Arny
Arny (@dmaxter)
10 months ago

Another little querk. Pennsylvania recognizes Md C&C once they file the necessary paperwork at the Sherrifs office. Good luck going to Md & expecting the same. Constitutional Carry should be law of the land. No mother may I cards.

Last edited 10 months ago by Arny
musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
10 months ago

Constitutional carry federally mandated.

Only 1,377 days until we elect a new republican president.

Stag
Stag (@eriggle83)
10 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

The last 19 Republican presidents haven’t done that. In fact, three of the last four Republican presidents have all enacted some form of gun control.

Bill
Bill (@bill1776)
10 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Or until the newly elected Republican President gets escorted out the back door again by the allied oligarchy of the Deep State, the career politicians, censoring and bribing Big Tech, the MSM and educational system Ministry of Truth, the complicit judiciary, and the Communist accessories at every level of our society, to be replaced by a selected usurper surrounded by selected members of Congress. The Supreme, Court, meanwhile, will declare that no one has any standing, or they will postpone review of the case for a mere four years or so, until the verdict becomes, ” Now moot.”

Get Out
Get Out (@get-out)
10 months ago

I’m sure people will and do carry anyway. CCW is just that, the gun shouldn’t be seen until needed.

Longeno
Longeno (@longeno)
10 months ago

Maryland has very onerous firearm regulations to be sure, none of which make any common sense. There is no affirmation of the Constitutional Rights of law-abiding citizens. There is only the “state approval process” along with ever-increasing reams of firearm and magazine restrictions that on their face also violate those Constitutional Rights. This is what you get when Leftist/progressives run the state and the governor is a self-serving RINO. Good luck with the lawsuit. But I’m done and out of here.