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Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Maryland Gun Permit Requirement

Court action delays changes to state's law that would have gone into effect next week until a hearing in October.

A federal ruling striking down part of Maryland's requirements to obtain a permit to carry a handgun won't go into effect next week after all.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond Wednesday granted the state's request to delay an order issued last week by U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg.

The appeals court ordered that state requirements on those seeking a permit to carry a gun must have "a good or substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as a finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger" remain in effect until an appeals hearing the week of Oct. 23.

Legg struck down the requirement earlier this year and on his ruling pending an appeal.

The appeal is part of a law suit filed in July 2010 after Robert Woollard was denied a permit to carry a gun. The federal court ultimately ruled the "good and substantial reason" requirement was unconstitutional and the Maryland State Police were ordered to process Woollard's application without applying that standard.

William Allen Waltman SR August 09, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Knuckles, Matty G. Sounds like you live close to my area Ellerslie, Md I am waiting to get the O K for a permit. I do setups and carry large sums of cash when buying at auctions. Good Luck.
Matty G August 09, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Actually I live in Lavale so im what, 15 min from you lol.
Steve August 09, 2012 at 11:37 PM
The General Assembly is now looking at a bill in it's special session that would severely limit places where a person could carry a gun anyway.
JAFG August 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM
@Baltimore Matt. I'm a huge 2nd ammendment supporter, but your 12 gauge comment has too much hot air in it. Comments like that loses support for the 2nd ammendment by giving our opponents the impression that we are gonna go around shooting people over stupid things like throwing trash in the street. If you want to help keep our rights in tact, then don't make comments like that. Unless you are an undercover liberal who is trying to undermine the constitution. @ FIFA. It seems that you have placed anyone who supports the 2nd ammendment as biased and unreliable. I suppose that you would only trust research that is conducted by anti-gun supporters because they are unbiased and totally reliable. The purpose of the second amendment has and always will be to limit the power of the government. This was an ideal valued by those who created the constitution. If you would like, they make up 39 references you can use and research as to why a government should not be allowed to disarm the population. I've heard they are pretty reliable. Of course, who would trust someone whose face shows up on our money?
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