New Challenge to Maryland's Handgun Carry Ban

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Call v. Jones III     

    On behalf of our members, Maryland Shall Issue, Inc. is proud to announce that we’ve partnered with the Firearms Policy Coalition, the Second Amendment Foundation, and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in bringing a new legal challenge to Maryland’s unconstitutional ‘wear and carry’ permit requirements.


     The "good and substantial reason" requirement for issuance of a permit imposed by Maryland law has long been used to effectively disqualify the vast majority of law-abiding Marylanders of their right to carry a handgun for the lawful purpose of self-defense. The time has come to end Maryland’s subjective and discriminatory law and regulations. The people of Maryland have a fundamental right to protect themselves in public.

Read the complaint
HERE
 
You can follow the case's progress HERE
 

RESULT

The United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, 597 U.S. ___ (2022), that there exists a 2nd Amendment right to carry handguns in public for personal protection and that right is guaranteed through the 14th Amendment. New York's subjective "proper cause" requirement at issue in that case is analogous to Maryland's "good and substantial reason" requirement for issuance of a permit to carry a handgun in Maryland and was singled out as much in the opinion, therefore making it unenforceable. On July 5th and after consultation with the MD Office of the Attorney General, Governor Larry Hogan ordered the Maryland State Police to comply with the Court's opinion and to suspend enforcement of "good and substantial reason," effectively making Maryland a shall issue state for carry permits.

The individual plaintiffs in Call are eligible for permits, like any other law-abiding Marylander, leaving nothing else at issue in the case. Parties jointly agreed that the case is moot (meaning there's nothing to decide) and the case was remanded by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to the District Court to be dismissed. The District Court did so on September 8th, 2022, officially ending the case.

Marylanders are able to apply for carry permits without needing to demonstrate a special need.


Case Documents and History
US District Court for the District of Maryland Case# 1:20-cv-03304-DKC

11/13/20 - Complaint
12/7/20 - Defendants' Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss
12/21/20 - Plaintiff's Memorandum in Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss
3/19/21 - Order Granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss
3/26/21 - Notice of Appeal to US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Case# 21-1334

5/7/21 - Joint Motion to Hold Appeal in Abeyance
5/7/21 - Order Granting Motion to Suspend Briefing
5/10/21 - Order Granting Motion to Hold in Abeyance
6/23/22 - New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen is decided
6/24/22 - Briefing Order (Scheduling)
8/3/22 - Joint Motion to Vacate and Remand With Instructions to Dismiss as Moot
8/11/22 - Order Granting Motion to Vacate and Remand With Instructions to Dismiss as Moot
9/2/22 - Mandate Issued on Order Granting Motion to Vacate and Remand With Instruction to Dismiss as Moot

US District Court for the District of Maryland Case# 1:20-cv-03304-DKC

9/8/22 - Order Dismissing Case as Moot

 

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Montgomery County Bill 21-22E is in Effect

It is now practically impossible for anyone other than active police officers and security guards to lawfully carry a firearm for personal defense in public within Montgomery County.


UPDATE 12/7/22:
MSI has moved for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction against aspects of Bill 21-22E.
 
On 11/28/2022, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich signed Bill 21-22E into law. The Bill goes into effect immediately. The Bill has now banned the possession, transport, sale or transfer of any firearm in countless locations across Maryland's most populous county. It is now legally very risky to carry a firearm in Montgomery County with a wear and carry permit. Bill 21-22E repealed the prior exemption for permit holders and then imposes its bans on a long list of locations, including within 100 yards of such locations.  It is simply impossible, as a practical matter, to possess and transport a firearm in the County in public with a wear and carry permit in compliance with the County's gun laws. That is because it is nearly impossible to move around the County without entering one or more of the many 100-yard exclusion zones enacted by Bill 21-22E. 

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