Skip to comments.2nd Amendment still MIA in Maryland as federal judge refuses to enforce his own ruling
Posted on 05/05/2012 10:04:14 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
In early March, Federal Judge Benson Legg ruled unconstitutional the provision in Maryland law requiring a good and substantial reason be provided by anyone applying for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Such a contingency impermissibly infringes on the right to keep and bear arms wrote the Judge in his opinion. (1)
The ruling had come down in the case of Woollard v Sheridan. In 2010, Plaintiff Raymond Woollard attempted to renew his permit to carry concealed but was refused because he had not provided to Maryland State Police sufficient evidence to support apprehended fear therefore failing the good and substantial reason test. (2)
Judge Leggs decision had literally introduced 2nd Amendment rights into one of the most liberal states in the nation. Previously a may issue state, meaning a license to carry a concealed weapon may be issued according to the mood of the Maryland State Police, residents would in future live in a shall issue state where permits must be issued upon demand to qualified (neither criminal nor mentally impaired) applicants.
A citizen may not be required to offer a good and substantial reason why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The rights existence is all the reason he needs. So wrote the Judge in his original opinion. (2)
One month later, however, Judge Legg proved himself too cowardly to stand behind his own ruling. Granting a motion filed by liberal...
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