WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear a Maryland man’s argument that the Second Amendment allows him to carry a gun outside of his home for self-defense.

The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Charles F. Williams Jr., who was arrested in 2007 for having his legally-purchased handgun outside his home without a state permit.

The high court has ruled there is a right to keep a gun in the home for protection. But gun advocates say people also have the constitutional right to carry their guns outside the house for self-protection.

Maryland courts say if the Supreme Court agrees with that theory “it will need to say so more plainly.” The high court refused the opportunity on Monday.

The case is Williams v. Maryland, 10-1207.

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

Comments (8)
  1. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    I can not for the life of me understand why Maryland with allow any street thug to care a firearm and when caught, slaps them on the wrist and sends them on their way. But, if a law abiding citizen wants to carry and is will to submit him or herself to the safety training and criminal backround checks, this state gets its panties in a bunch. We are completely surrounded by states with carry laws and I don’t see huge increase in crime. In fact I have a non-resident carry permit and have not had any issues. Fact is law abiding people are not the ones to be afraid of. Its ashame that the more illegal you are, the more benefits and rights you get.

    1. r.j. proskey says:

      I have first hand knowledge of slaps on the wrists for criminal use and refusal or strict control of where and when a person can carry a concealed weapon. It’s all due to Maryland’s one party system; Baltimore controls the state and drains it. Social parasites continue to support/vote for liberal democrat candidates and those who agree don’t bother to vote allowing them free reign over us. Maybe 2012 will be the turning point and people will be inscensed enough to vote and make a change that moves us back to constitutionality.

  2. Jim Brady says:

    Maryland gun laws suck………………

    1. Suckworthy Status says:

      Actually, Jim, its not the gun laws that specifically suck.
      Rather, it is specifically Maryland that sucks.

      I’ve lived here for 47 years.
      Definitely long enough to know, just how bad it sucks.

  3. Adam says:

    It’s time for the NRA to step in with their legal team.

    Cone on Schmites!! Get the ball rolling!

  4. the truth says:

    Anybody carrying a gun has a little dic. Big gun makes up for it.

    1. r.j. proskey says:

      and you have a liberal, socialist, communist indoctrinated brain. if the criminals carry guns and our courts don’t sentence them to the maximum, law abiding citizens are at the mercy of the criminal element. wait.., don’t shoot, let me call 911 and wait for the police to resond.

  5. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    Your rights being SURPRESSED??????????????

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