March 6th, 2012, 09:41 AM #1
Maryland gun law unconstitutionalMaryland residents do not have to provide a "good and substantial reason" to legally own a handgun, a federal judge ruled Monday, striking down as unconstitutional the state's requirements for getting a permit.
U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg wrote that states are allowed some leeway in deciding the way residents exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms, but Maryland's objective was to limit the number of firearms that individuals could carry, effectively creating a rationing system that rewarded those who provided the right answer for wanting to own a gun.
"A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted to exercise his rights," Legg wrote. "The right's existence is all the reason he needs."
"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," said his attorney Alan Gura, who has challenged handgun bans in the District of Columbia and Chicago as an attorney with the Second Amendment Foundation. "We're not against the idea of a permit process, but the licensing system has to acknowledge that there's a right to bear arms."
In his ruling, Legg wrote that Second Amendment protections aren't limited to the household.
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March 6th, 2012, 10:11 AM #2
I agree with that ruling. Requiring a "good and substantial reason" allows an arbitrary and capricious method for determination.
One could have a law limiting the number of owned firearms to X.Conservatives: "If the facts disagree with our opinion, ignore the facts -- or at least misrepresent them."
March 6th, 2012, 12:20 PM #3
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March 6th, 2012, 04:28 PM #4
Isn't living in the U.S.A. a GOOD enough reason to NEED a handgun or a small armory. IMO.
I defy Assistant Attorney General Matthew Fader to come down to Jackson Unarmed. I'd love to drop him off at a few CHOICE sites !!!!!
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