National Groups Weigh in on Maryland Concealed Carry Case

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Attorney Alan Gura is currently fighting a case in Maryland over the state’s may issue (which is usually no-issue) concealed carry law.  Let’s hope Alan comes up with another victory for Maryland’s gun owners.

Here’s some excerpts from a Baltimore Sun article:

“When individuals enjoy a constitutional ‘right’ to engage in some activity, a license to engage in that activity cannot be conditioned on the government’s determination of their ‘need’ to exercise that right,” Woollard’s attorneys wrote in a recent court filing.

“The state … cannot reserve for itself the power to arbitrarily decide, in all cases, whether individuals should be able to carry guns for self-defense. That decision has already been made for the state, in the federal constitution.”

The permitting process in Maryland is overseen by the Maryland State Police, and Col. Terrence Sheridan is named as a defendant. Applicants must have a clean record and must prove a substantial reason for needing to transport the weapon. Investigations by the state include checking personal and business references and consideration of whether the applicant has alternative options for protection available, according to court papers.

Source: Baltimore Sun