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pdf0Hulbert v. Pope (4th Cir) - Brief of Appellant (State) NEW
pdf1Maryland's Weapon Carry Laws: A Brief Chronology by Henry Heymering NEW
pdf2McDonald v. City of Chicago - Brief Amicus Curiae of Gun Owners of America, Inc., et al. In Support Of Petitioners NEW
pdf3District of Columbia v. Heller - Brief Amicus Curiae of Gun Owners of America, Inc., et al. In Support Of Respondent NEW

Maryland Shall Issue joined this brief submitted by Gun Owners of America in the landmark 2nd Amendment case, District

pdf4Maryland Attorney General Office Response RE- Carrying of Long Guns May 13 2011 NEW
pdf5Hulbert v. Pope (4th Cir) - Briefing Schedule
pdf6MSI v. Hogan (HQL) (4th Cir) - Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion to Hold Appeal in Abeyance
pdf7Hulbert v. Pope (US Dist. Ct, MD) - Order Denying Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration
pdf8Hulbert v. Pope (US Dist. Ct, MD) - Opinion Denying Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration
pdf9MSI v. Hogan (HQL) (4th Cir) - Plaintiffs' Reply in Support of Motion to Hold Appeal in Abeyance
pdf10MSI v. Hogan (HQL) (4th Cir) - Appellees’ (State) Opposition to Motion to Hold Appeal in Abeyance
pdf11MSI v. Hogan (HQL) (4th Cir) - Plaintiffs' Motion to Hold Appeal in Abeyance
pdf12Hulbert v. Pope (US Dist. Ct, MD) - Reply Memorandum In Support Of Defendant Sgt. Brian T. Pope’s Motion For Reconsideration HOT
pdf13MSI v. Hogan (HQL) (4th Cir) - Order Consolidating Cases 21-2017 and 21-2053
pdf14McDonald v. Chicago - Brief for the States Of Illinois, Maryland, and New Jersey as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents (1/6/2010)
pdf15District of Columbia v. Heller - Brief for New York, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioners (01/11/2008)
pdf16District of Columbia v. Heller - Brief of the States of New York, Hawaii, Illinois, and Maryland as Amici Curiae in Support of the Petition for a Writ of Certiorari (10/5/2007)
pdf17MSI v. Hogan (HQL) (US Dist. Ct, MD) - Notice of Appeal HOT
pdf18Hulbert v. Pope (US Dist. Ct, MD) - Plantiffs' Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration HOT
pdf19Hulbert v. Pope (4th Cir) - Order Remanding Case HOT

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US Supreme Court Orders Response from MD Attorney General Brian Frosh in "Assault Weapon" Ban Challenge

On January 14, the Supreme Court ordered the Maryland Attorney General to file a response to the petition for certiorari filed by plaintiffs in Bianchi v. Frosh, No. 21-901. In that case, plaintiffs are challenging Maryland's "assault weapon" ban as unconstitutional.

That order means, at the minimum, that at least one Justice on the Court wants a response. It also likely means that the Court will hold this petition pending a decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen, No. 20-843, in which the Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of New York's "good cause" requirement for carry permits. Holding Bianchi would be consistent with the hold that the Court has apparently placed on the petition filed in the New Jersey "large-capacity magazine" case, ANJRPC v. Bruck, No. 20-1507. The petition in that case has been pending in the Supreme Court since April of 2021. All of this is good news. A decision in Bruen this Spring may mean that the Court will thereafter vacate the lower court decisions in both Bianchi and ANJRPC and remand for further consideration in light of Bruen. At least, we hope that is the outcome.

The Dangers of Maryland's Carry Laws

On August 12, 2021, Maryland's highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled that a violation of Md. Criminal Law § 4-203(a)(1)(i) is a strict liability crime. Put simply, if one has a handgun on or about them and is not authorized to do so, they are guilty of violating the law. The case is Lawrence v. State, 471 Md. 101 (2021).

Section 4-203 is the statute that broadly prohibits the wear, carry, or transport of handguns within the State. Specifically, § 4-203(a)(1)(i) states:

 (a)    (1)    Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a person may not:

            (i)    wear, carry, or transport a handgun, whether concealed or open, on or about the person;

There are a few exceptions to this ban (found in subsection (b) of Section 4-203), such as one having a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit, possession in the home or business (by the business owner), or when transporting an unloaded handgun (kept in an enclosed case or enclosed holster) between a gun shop and one's residence or from their residence to a gun range. But, outside these sharply limited exceptions set out in subsection (b), the passage above otherwise broadly criminalizes having a pistol on (or about) the person. 

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