BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s attorney general’s office has filed a notice on plans to appeal last month’s ruling that a portion of the state’s gun permit law is unconstitutional.

The notice was filed Monday in federal court, days after U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg stayed the ruling while he considers whether to require the state to enforce it during an appeal, as first reported by The Baltimore Sun.

Legg also clarified that his original ruling was meant to prohibit the enforcement of a state requirement that handgun-carry applicants have “good and substantial” reasons for their application.

While the ruling is appealed, Maryland State Police, the agency that processes permit applications, will not make decisions on applications in which approval rests solely on that clause.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (10)
  1. Russell Dadds says:

    No matter how hard you try Maryland politicians we are still US citizens and you cannot take away the rights given to us by the constitution.

  2. RustysChaos says:

    As the walls start falling down.
    Don’t read about this in the local liberal media.
    Google Woollard vs Sherridan, read the judges opinion.

  3. wheres common sense when you need it says:

    I think it is interesting that the powers at hand continue to lead people to believe that our society with crumble if we have a “shall issue” concealed weapons permit law. We are completely surrounded by states that have “shall issue” carry laws and I haven’t seen any break down in society there. Add to the fact that I can get a permit to carry in the surrounding states just goes to show how Maryland’s government is out of touch with the constitution. I think it is time to start prosecuting criminals instead of citizens. Why should we have to prove the “need” when the criminals just do it anyway. They say that birds of a feather flock together, so maybe politicians protecting criminals from the citizens is kinda like “lookin’ out for your own kind”, just sayin’.

  4. A Correctional Officer says:

    The only thing Maryland is doing is deturing law abiding citizens from carring weapons. The criminals in this state and (Baltimore mostly) carry guns illegally. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTECT OURSELVES. The State doesn’t even have self defense laws, so when you shoot an intruder in your house you have to defend your actions, maybe go to prison. The State expects you to retreat rather than protect yourself, your property, your wife, or your child. Mayrland is the most messed up state I have ever seen.

  5. Bill says:

    The Constitution only applies to 49 states, DC and Maryland are not governed by it. I have lived in this Republic for 51 years and say why worry about the laws when the government does not. I have polled many Law enforcement persons and they report if your sober and legit and have a firearm in your car at a traffic stop your fine. The cops donot stop decent folks for no reason. Jury or pawbearers personal choices. Have you ever noticed random acts of crimes get lower in Maryland around November in rural Maryland? Be Safe/ Gun Vault. C..O. M.

    1. Smitty says:

      I totally AGREE with Bill! lol ;>)

  6. mac says:

    I am A retired Baltimore City Police Officer. I did not apply for A handgun permit within 6 months of retiring.The reason being that, I did not want to be burdened with carrying a firearm anymore. I also planned to stay out of the city, for the most part. I left the police dept. in “Good Standing “, for medical reasons / heart disease. After 2 years of retirement I applied for A hand gun permit, so that I could do armed security work, as well as defend myself against people i had locked up during my career, The Md. state police dragged their feet with my permit application for over a year and a half..

    1. ToneGrail says:

      You don’t need a permit. As a retired LEO, you you can carry under LEOSA as long as you qualify annually.

  7. Kurt says:

    Unfortunitly it will never pass now… Thanks to Mr. Zimmerman who embodies the exact argument that stupid people ruin it for everyone ! In fact this single idiot will be used to change the entire 2nd ammendment nationally. Don’t belive me ?? Just wait and see !

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