Maryland’s Concealed Carry Law that requires applicants to submit a “good and substantial reason” along with their application has been ruled Unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court. According to U.S. District Judge Benson Everette Legg, Maryland’s goal to control the amount of firearms carried by residents is therfore unconstitutional.
Maryland’s law is similar to the California CCW law in that California requires applicants to provide a reason of “good cause” as to why they should be granted a permit to carry a weapon concealed. With this ruling in Maryland, California may soon be ordered to change their law.
The U.S. District Court upheld that the Second Amendment “right to bear arms is not limited to the home.” Therefore citizens should not be required to submit a “good and substantial reason” when applying for a concealed carry permit.
Attorney Alan Gura made a statement to the AP for the plaintiff Raymond Woollard saying, “People have the right to carry a gun for self-defense and don’t have to prove that there’s a special reason for them to seek the permit.”
The case of Woollard vs. Sheridan was brought against the state police superintendent and members of the Handgun Permit Review Board for putting the burden of proof on a citizen and wrongly denying Woollard’s application in 2010. Raymond Woollard had previously obtained a concealed carry permit after a struggle with a thief at his home in 2002. However, his license renewal application was denied by the state of Maryland because he could not prove he was subject to “threats occurring beyond his residence.”
“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” Judge Legg wrote. “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”
We applaud Judge Legg and his decision that upholds the Second Amendment right for law abiding citizens of Maryland, or of any state for that matter, to own and use a handgun in defense of themselves and their family. Unfortunately, this decision currently only covers Maryland residents, but we stand ready to persevere in our liberal state of California when this comes before justices for ruling here. This ruling is precedence and can only help to overturn the oppressive laws established by liberals who are only interested in control and who are currently running amuck in our state capitol with almost no opposition.
California’s AB144 which passed last September went into law this past January, virtually disarmed all of us who cannot obtain a CCW permit, by making it illegal to carry a weapon openly. Open carry had previously been legal since before the State was a State. And as we know CCW permits are nearly impossible to obtain, except for a few friends of the local sheriffs and politicians.
By making it illegal to open carry a weapon coupled with the restrictive CCW law of the land, California gun law is ripe to be declared “unconstitutional” as the Second Amendment cannot be satisfied. Therefore, the court can only rule one way and still uphold the Constitution.
Maryland is showing us the way and we are sure to follow.