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Maryland CCW - Woollard
« on: March 05, 2012, 01:40PM »
Big win in MD.

A federal judge has ruled that Maryland's handgun permit law is
unconstitutional.

In an opinion filed Monday, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg
says a requirement that residents show a "good and substantial
reason" to carry a handgun infringes their Second Amendment right to
bear arms.

More here:

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/03/05/md-gun-law-found-unconstitutional

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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 01:43PM »
A press release from SAF.

http://www.saf.org/viewpr-new.asp?id=395

SAF NEWS RELEASE
Second Amendment Foundation
12500 NE Tenth Place  • Bellevue, WA   98005
(425) 454-7012  • FAX (425) 451-3959  • www.saf.org
MARYLAND RULING A ‘HUGE VICTORY’ FOR SECOND AMENDMENT, SAYS SAF
For Immediate Release:   3/5/2012

BELLEVUE, WA – A federal court ruling in Maryland, that the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends beyond the home and that citizens may not be required to offer a “good and substantial reason” for obtaining a concealed carry permit, is a huge victory, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

Ruling in the case of Woollard v. Sheridan – a case brought by SAF in July 2010 on behalf of Maryland resident Raymond Woollard, who was denied his carry permit renewal – the U.S. District Court for Maryland ruled that “The Court finds that the right to bear arms is not limited to the home.”

U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg noted, “In addition to self-defense, the (Second Amendment) right was also understood to allow for militia membership and hunting. To secure these rights, the Second Amendment‘s protections must extend beyond the home: neither hunting nor militia training is a household activity, and ‘self-defense has to take place wherever [a] person happens to be’.”

“This is a monumentally important decision,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The federal district court has carefully spelled out the obvious, that the Second Amendment does not stop at one’s doorstep, but protects us wherever we have a right to be. Once again, SAF’s attorney in this case, Alan Gura, has won an important legal victory. He was the attorney who argued the landmark Heller case, and he represented SAF in our Supreme Court victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

“Equally important in Judge Legg’s ruling,” he added, “is that concealed carry statutes that are so discretionary in nature as to be arbitrary do not pass constitutional muster.”

“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” Judge Legg wrote. “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

“Judge Legg’s ruling takes a substantial step toward restoring the Second Amendment to its rightful place in the Bill of Rights, and provides gun owners with another significant victory,” Gottlieb concluded. “SAF will continue winning back firearms freedoms one lawsuit at a time.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. In addition to the landmark McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Case, SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; New Orleans; Chicago and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and numerous amicus briefs holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 01:52PM »
Nice, one win at a time....before you know it..."coming to NY"
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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 03:01PM »
Cautiously optimistic here in NY.
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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 04:26PM »
I am going to tatoo this on my burro's behind....

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“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” Judge Legg wrote. “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

Truer words never spoken.... 

This is really good news!
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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2012, 10:18AM »
Constitutional lawyers said Tuesday that a recent
federal court decision overturning a portion of
Maryland's gun-control law will likely be upheld
on appeal and called the ruling groundbreaking


More here:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-gun-law-appeal-20120306,0,6673248.story
« Last Edit: March 07, 2012, 11:06AM by DoubleMike »

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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2012, 10:27AM »
Interesting side note: Maryland is one of the few other states that a cobis requirement on new handgun purchases. Wonder how this ruling may eventually impact that?
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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2012, 11:14AM »
This is reassuring.  We are in the same boat.  We are only allowed to defend one self at home or at the range (to Yourstruly a no firearm policy in your HD/SD preparation is a guarantee of failure).  I can't wait for our turn
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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2012, 11:19AM »
Soon my friend, soon.

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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2012, 02:59PM »
 :rtThumb hoping brfore nassau goes to 4 precincts
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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2012, 09:29AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FFTcpuls18" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">Hitler reacts to Woollard v. Sheridan decision.wmv</a>


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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2012, 10:31AM »
At 2:55 it is hilarious ... Lol
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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2012, 05:17PM »
 :bravo
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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2012, 10:19AM »
Maryland did try to block this and the case is in progress. The state filed their brief and just yesterday Gura filed his reply. Here is the link to it.

http://ia600501.us.archive.org/1/items/gov.uscourts.mdd.180772/gov.uscourts.mdd.180772.69.0.pdf
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Re: Maryland CCW - Woollard
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2012, 01:26PM »
The request for a stay by the state of MD was denied. MD must now start issuing carry licenses. Their appeal is still in progress though.

This case is very similar to NY so this is great news.