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
6/16/22 - Consent MOTION for Protective Order by Cindy's Hot Shots, Inc., Field Traders, LLC, Maryland Shall Issue, Inc., Pasadena Arms, LLC, Worth-A-Shot, Inc.
6/21/22 - PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher on 6/21/2022
7/6/22 - Correspondence re: Parties' Joint Request to Modify Scheduling Order
7/6/22 - ORDER granting Parties' 31 Joint Request to MODIFY SCHEDULING ORDER. Signed by Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher on 7/6/2022
8/16/22 - MOTION to Appear Pro Hac Vice for Nina Sudarsan by Anne Arundel County, Maryland
9/13/22 - Correspondence re: Consent Motion to Modify Scheduling Order for deposition of Expert Witness
9/29/22 - Consent Motion to Modify the Scheduling Order
9/29/22 - PAPERLESS ORDER APPROVING Consent Motion to Modify Scheduling Order. Signed by Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher on 9/29/2022.
9/30/22 - Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment and Memorandum in Support
10/24/22 - Memorandum in Support of Defendant's Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment
10/24/22 - Memorandum in Support of Defendant's Motion in Limine to Exclude Testimony of Plaintiffs' Expert Gary Kleck
10/31/22 - Memorandum of Plaintiffs in Opposition to Defendant's Motion In Limine
11/2/22 - Consent REQUEST for Extension of Time to File Plaintiffs' Reply and/or Response to Cross Motion and Anne Arundel County's Reply
11/3/22 - PAPERLESS ORDER APPROVING re Request for Extension of Time to File Plaintiffs' Reply and/or Response to Cross Motion and Anne Arundel County's Reply.
11/14/22 - Reply Memorandum in Support of Defendant's Motion In Limine to Exclude Testimony of Plaintiffs' Expert Gary Kleck

 

Full Federal District Court Docket Available HERE

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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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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

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

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