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Maryland handgun carry permits law won’t be reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court declines to review Maryland handgun carry permit law

A federal appeals court upheld the law earlier this year.

 

By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun10:26 a.m. EDT, October 15, 2013

The Supreme Court will not examine Maryland’s handgun permit law, leaving to stand an appeals court ruling that the state’s restrictive rules for concealed-carry permits do not unconstitutionally infringe upon gun-owners’ rights.

Maryland is one of a few states that follows a “may issue” standard, giving officials broad latitude to deny permits to carry a gun in public. Most states operate on a “shall issue” basis, meaning officials must give out a permit if an applicant meets certain objective criteria.

On its face the case is about the permits, but lawyers for the plaintiff in the case framed it as a question about the scope of gun rights outside the home.

The appeals court that upheld Maryland’s law found that “the Second Amendment has no practical impact beyond the threshold of one’s home,” attorney Alan Gura wrote in a court filing.

But a court elsewhere “asserts that the right is equally important outside the home as inside, and should (subject to regulation) be generally accessible to law-abiding individuals,” he added, urging the Supreme Court to sort out the issue once and for all.

The Supreme Court justices included no reason for its decision in the announcement it would not hear the case, which is typical.

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