BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled the state’s handgun laws are still constitutional despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down gun laws in Washington, D.C.

In an opinion issued Wednesday, the Maryland court affirmed a gun possession charge in Prince George’s County against Charles F. Williams Jr. Williams said the state’s gun regulations violated his right to “keep and carry arms” and based his argument in part on the Supreme Court’s decision. Williams also based his argument on another recent gun decision by the Supreme Court in McDonald v. City of Chicago. But the appeals court unanimously rejected his claims and upheld his conviction.

The judges also said Williams didn’t have standing to challenge gun permit laws because he hadn’t applied for a permit to carry a gun.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. bernard mc kernan says:

    Not having a proper permit to carry a gun is a good reason to not have an axe to grind period. In addition, carrying a gun without a permit should be subject to a minimum of 18 months in jail with no PBJ & a minimum of five years if used in the act of a crime. 1st offense. Let’s send a message to the criminals out there that guns are not allowed in Md & especially the city of Baltimore.

  2. John Smith says:

    Crime happens out of people’s homes too. The 2nd Amendment was intended to allow people to protect themselves where ever they are. Not just in their house. Another typical MD liberal court ruling. Not every person who owns a gun is a criminal.

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