Federal Judge Upholds Maryland Handgun Licensing Scheme

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Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- On Thursday, August 19, 2021, a federal judge upheld a Maryland law requiring anyone seeking to obtain a handgun to first acquire a Handgun Qualification License.

This process requires Marylanders to do far more than pass a background check: before exercising their Constitutional right to self-defense, applicants must first pay potentially hundreds of dollars in fees, overcome all sorts of red tape, attend mandatory training, all while waiting up to 30 days. This is on top of another seven-business-day waiting period and background check when acquiring a handgun, and the NICS check that must be completed when the firearm is transferred.

This decision follows the previous dismissal and reinstatement of the case by the Fourth Circuit. Gun owners should note the court’s admission that “[Maryland’s handgun requirements], undoubtedly burden this core Second Amendment right…and ‘make it considerably more difficult for a person lawfully to acquire and keep a firearm.’” Despite these difficult burdens and “‘conflicting views’” of the data used to justify this law, the court applied a weak version of intermediate scrutiny to uphold the law.

This decision came in the shadow of the pending Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, which will be argued on November 3rd. This NRA-ILA-backed case challenges New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime and will give the Supreme Court the opportunity to affirm the individual right to bear arms outside of the home and, hopefully, to provide clarity to the lower courts on how to address Second Amendment challenges moving forward.

While this decision is frustrating, NRA-ILA remains dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens everywhere. NRA-ILA will examine this decision in the days to come and will determine the best method to pursue that goal.

The case is captioned Maryland Shall Issue v. Hogan.

Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org for future updates on NRA-ILA’s ongoing efforts to defend your constitutional rights.


About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Russn8r
Russn8r
2 months ago

Marion Hammer toadies & sock pups skewing poll to make it look like Guns & Ammo readers “completely support” LaPewCo.

https://www.gunsandammo.com/editorial/why-nra-cancels-2021-annual-meetings-exhibits/451358

Last edited 2 months ago by Russn8r
BaerArms
BaerArms
2 months ago

the NRA is the one for this….god we are probably screwed since its not a real group like FPC of GOA

nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
2 months ago

This is going to the Supreme Court where the Fourth Circuit is going to get its AZZ kiicked!!!

Russn8r
Russn8r
2 months ago
Reply to  nobodyuknow

Hopefully. Don’t bet your life on the SupCt that aided the Xiden coup d’etat.

KDad
KDad
2 months ago

Had to be an Obama or Clinton Judge !

gregs
gregs
2 months ago
Reply to  KDad

damn dude, don’t be lazy. search don’t whine.

Raconteur
Raconteur
3 months ago

by NRAHQ” explains a lot about the missing details. Like, what other 2nd Amend. organizations were involved? will this appealed? who were primary movers behind defending this law?

The NRA has become a joke, and until LaPierre and his “harem” are gone, it continue to spiral down the drain of inconsequentiality.

Russn8r
Russn8r
2 months ago
Reply to  Raconteur

Lucky Pierre’s “harem” may be literal.

Agostino
Agostino
3 months ago

Please name the judge who made this decision, and name the president who appointed him or her. Odds are, if the appointment was made by a Republican, it was a Bush.

APG member
APG member
3 months ago
Reply to  Agostino

Republicans smuggling gun control again?!?!

Last edited 3 months ago by APG member
Russn8r
Russn8r
2 months ago
Reply to  APG member

‘Libertarian’ stalking horses smuggle gun control in…

every election.

social-globalist natl-suicide immigration.

‘Federalist’ Society SupCt picks who aided Xiden’s coup.

your manties.

LoLibertarians can’t honestly take the oath.

“ABOLISH THE USA!” -APG member

Last edited 2 months ago by Russn8r
gregs
gregs
2 months ago
Reply to  Agostino

again, don’t be lazy, search, don’t whine. you have the entire world of information at your fingertips, use it.
it took me about 30 seconds to find out about the judge.

Arny
Arny
3 months ago

It’s done. Not sure how. And I have seen a C&C License from a guy at work. I will have to ask him how he got his. I do know you need to own a business to even qualify for a C&C. I live in Pa but work in Md at times. I try to avoid the state but hard to do when you live so close.

Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter
3 months ago

“Weak version of intermediate scrutiny…” So we can have
Weak version of weak scrutiny;
Weak version of strong scrutiny;
Strong version of intermediate scrutiny;
Strong version of weak scrutiny;
and on and on. So ridiculous!
Wouldn’t it be great if folks could read and understand English – “shall not be infringed.” Hey, I know what that actually means!!
But no, we get double-speak, or just as bad, mumbo-jumbo showing abdication of responsibility, playing the ‘socially’ acceptable card.

Last edited 3 months ago by Happy Everafter
hippybiker
hippybiker
3 months ago

One needs to understand that the original 13thamendment to the Bill of Rights(changed after the war of Northern aggression)was intended to keep the lawyers out of government!

Russn8r
Russn8r
3 months ago

Diarrhea troll whines about spam.