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pdf0Advice Letter from MD Office of the Attorney General on “Good and Substantial Reason”NEW
pdf1In the Matter of Edward Whalen (Balt. Co Cir.Ct) - Petitioner's Notice of Supplemental AuthoritiesNEW
pdf2In the Matter of Edward Whalen (Balt. Co Cir.Ct) - Petitioner's Motion for Summary ReversalNEWHOT

Permit Denial for lack of "Good and Substantial Reason".

In the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland. Case No. C-03-CV-21-000853

pdf3Maryland State Police - Processing of Handgun Permit Applications SOP 29-19-004NEW

Standard Operating Procedures currently in effect since 8/5/2019

pdf4Call v. Jones III (Carry Permits - 4th Cir) - Briefing OrderNEWHOT
pdf5Maryland Shall Issue et al. v. Hogan (HQL - 4th Cir) - Briefing Order - Civil-Agency Cross AppealNEWHOT
pdf6Opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, 597 U.S. ___ (2022)NEWHOT
pdf7Maryland Shall Issue et al. v. Hogan (HQL - 4th Cir) - 21-1 28j Letter to Court re BruenNEWHOT
pdf8Hulbert v. Pope (US Dist. Ct, MD) - Defendant's motion re Memorandum Opinion and Order
pdf9Mayor And City Council Of Baltimore Vs Polymer80, Inc., Et Al (Baltimore City Cir.Ct.) - ComplaintHOT
pdf10MSI et al. v. Anne Arundel County (AACo Cir.Ct.) - Amendments Proposed to Bill 109-21
pdf11MSI et al. v. Anne Arundel County (AACo Cir.Ct.) - Directive on May 24th Hearing
pdf12MSI et al. v. Anne Arundel County (AACo Cir.Ct.) - Plaintiffs' Notice of Supplemental Authorities
pdf13Bill File of 1972 SB 205 - Handgun Control Law
pdf14MSI v. Montgomery County (MoCo Cir.Ct.) - Defendant's Reply To Plaintiffs’ Supplemental Memorandum Regarding Enactment Of Senate Bill 387 And House Bill 425 Into Law
pdf15MSI v. Montgomery County (MoCo Cir.Ct.) - Written Testimony Of Mark W. Pennak, President, Msi, In Opposition To HB 425 And SB 387 (Exh. A)
pdf16MSI v. Montgomery County (MoCo Cir.Ct.) - Plaintiffs’ Memorandum In Response To Defendant’s Submission Concerning HB 425 And SB 387HOT
pdf17MSI v. Montgomery County (MoCo Cir.Ct.) - Plaintiffs’ Motion To Exceed Page Limitation On Memorandum In Response To Defendant’s Submission Concerning HB 425 And SB 387
pdf18MSI et al. v. Anne Arundel County (US Dist. Ct, MD) - Defendant's Answer to Complaint
pdf19MSI et al. v. Anne Arundel County (US Dist. Ct, MD) - Scheduling Order

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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



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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Maryland Shall Issue®, Inc.
9613 Harford Rd
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Baltimore, MD 21234-2150

Phone:  410-849-9197