Maryland Shall Issue Inc et al. v. Anne Arundel County, MD - Bill 108-21

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On April 11, Maryland Shall Issue, along with four firearms and ammunition dealers, Field Traders, Cindy's Hot Shots, Pasadena Arms, and Worth-A-Shot, filed a suit in federal district court against Anne Arundel County, MD challenging Bill 108-21, an ordinance that mandates that sellers of firearms or ammunition within the county distribute county-prepared or sponsored literature with each sale and display the materials in their establishments. The complaint alleges that the ordinance is unconstitutional under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

 
If these dealer names sound familiar, it is because they're also parties against Anne Arundel County for its enactment of Bill 109-21. Learn more about that suit HERE.

The dealers are:

Field Traders, LLC, a firearms dealer and manufacturer located in Pasadena, Maryland.
https://fieldtraders.com/

Cindy's Hot Shots, Inc., a shooting range and firearms dealer located in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
https://www.cindyshotshots.com/

Pasadena Arms, Inc., a firearms dealer located in Pasadena, Maryland.
http://pasadenaarmsllc.com/

Worth-A-Shot, Inc., a firearms dealer located in Millersville, Maryland
https://worth-a-shot.com/

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Maryland Shall Issue®, Inc. (MSI) is a Section 504(c)(4), all-volunteer, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of gun owners' rights in Maryland. It seeks to educate the community about the right of self-protection, the safe handling of firearms, and the responsibility that goes with carrying a firearm in public.
 

Case Documents and History
US District Court for the District of Maryland Case# 8:21-cv-01736-TDC
4/11/22 - Complaint
4/20/22 - Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order, or, in the Alternative, for Summary Judgment
4/20/22 - Memorandum In Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order and in Support of Plaintiffs’ Alternative Motion For Summary Judgment
4/20/22 - Proposed Order
4/21/22 - Letter Order Setting Opposition Filing Deadline of 4/29/22
4/27/22 - Paperless Order on TRO Extension and Hearing Date
5/5/22 - Defendant’s Response To Motion For Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction, and Request for the Court to Set Scheduling Order
-County enforcement of Bill 108-21 suspended-
5/5/22 - Defendant - Rule 56(D) Declaration of Counsel
5/6/22 - Plaintiffs' Corrected Reply in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment and in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for Discovery
5/6/22 - Order canceling 5/10/2022 hearing and converting to telephone conference
5/10/22 - Telephone Conference held on 5/10/2022 before Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher
5/11/22 - Scheduling Order
5/13/22 - Defendant's Answer to Complaint
6/6/22 - Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for Eric Tirschwell, Esquire by Anne Arundel County, Maryland
6/6/22 - Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for James Miller, Esquire by Anne Arundel County, Maryland
6/6/22 - Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice for Andrew Nellis, Esquire by Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Full Federal District Court Docket Available HERE


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Maryland Shall Issue


On July 5th, 2022, Governor Larry Hogan issued the following statement:

“Over the course of my administration, I have consistently supported the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms, while enacting responsible and common sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

“Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in New York law pertaining to handgun permitting that is virtually indistinguishable from Maryland law. In light of the ruling and to ensure compliance with the Constitution, I am directing the Maryland State Police to immediately suspend utilization of the ‘good and substantial reason’ standard when reviewing applications for Wear and Carry Permits. It would be unconstitutional to continue enforcing this provision in state law. There is no impact on other permitting requirements and protocols.

“Today’s action is in line with actions taken by other states in response to the recent ruling.”

In response, the Maryland State Police provided this advisory

The Maryland State Police Licensing Division is in the process of updating the Licensing Portal to reflect these changes. Until these updates are complete, applicants submitting a Wear and Carry Permit application are directed to select “Personal Protection / Category Not Listed Above” as their “Handgun Permit Category”. Applicants are not required to attach documents to the “PERSONAL PROTECTION DOCUMENTATION” section on the “Upload Documents” page of the Wear and Carry Permit application.

Additional information and a link to the Licensing Portal, can be found on the Maryland State Police website. Maryland State Police Licensing Division.

We welcome the Governor's order and the decision to comply with the Supreme Court's decision in Bruen. For the first time in decades, ordinary responsible, law-abiding citizens in Maryland will have their Second Amendment right for self-defense outside the home respected. We stress that permit holders, nationwide, are the most law-abiding persons there are, with crime rates far below that of commissioned police officers. The Second Amendment is not a threat to the public. It protects the right of self-defense and that protection is fully consistent with public safety.

For everything on how to apply for a Maryland Wear and Carry permit, check out our in-depth guide HERE.

We are pleased and gratified that Maryland's "good and substantial reason" requirement will no longer be enforced. MSI has pushed for that result for as long as it has existed and the Supreme Court has now confirmed that carry outside the home by responsible, law-abiding citizens is a fundamental constitutional right. At last, Marylanders will be treated like people in other "shall issue" jurisdictions, like the residents of 43 other States and the District of Columbia.

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"Good and Substantial Reason" is Unconstitutional

 

6/24/2022

On June 23, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) v. Bruen, striking down as unconstitutional New York's  "proper cause" requirement for issuance of a permit to carry a handgun in public. That decision is directly applicable to Maryland's "good and substantial reason" requirement for the issuance of Maryland carry permits. MD Code, Public Safety, 5-306(b)(6)(ii). As Bruen now holds, the Maryland State Police (MSP) may not require any "good and substantial reason" before issuing a permit. The decision makes clear that law-abiding, responsible adults have a constitutional right to protect themselves beyond their homes with a handgun, which is the "quintessential self-defense" weapon, as the Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008). While we believe that the Court's holding in Bruen is clear, MSI is currently a party in Call v. Jones, which is a federal court challenge to the "good and substantial reason" requirement. This case is currently before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and was being held in abeyance (on pause) pending the outcome of Bruen. Now that Bruen has been decided, that case will proceed. Indeed, the Fourth Circuit has just issued an order setting a briefing schedule in that appeal.
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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Maryland Shall Issue®, Inc.
9613 Harford Rd
Ste C #1015
Baltimore, MD 21234-2150

Phone:  410-849-9197
Email: 
Web:   www.marylandshallissue.org