Monday, March 5, 2012

Maryland's May Issue Carry Permits Struck Down

Chalk up another win for Alan Gura. Judge Benson Everett Legg issued an order that was published today granting the Motion for Summary Judgment in favor of Raymond Woollard. From the Opinion:
The Court finds that Maryland‘s requirement of a ―good and substantial reason‖ for issuance of a handgun permit is insufficiently tailored to the State‘s interest in public safety and crime prevention. The law impermissibly infringes the right to keep and bear arms, guaranteed by the Second Amendment. The Court will, by separate Order of even date, GRANT Woollard‘s Motion for Summary Judgment and DENY Defendants‘ Motion for Summary Judgment.

From the Order:
For the reasons set forth in the accompanying Memorandum of even date, it is, this 2nd day of March, 2012, hereby ORDERED as follows:
1. Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment (Docket No. 21) is hereby GRANTED,
2. Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (Docket No. 25) is hereby DENIED,
3. Plaintiffs’ prior Motion for Summary Judgment (Docket No. 12) is DENIED AS MOOT, and
4. The Clerk is directed to CLOSE the case.
As soon as I can read the Opinion, I will post on the details. In the meantime, Raymond Woollard wins -as does everyone in the State of Maryland.


  1. Now please come to Mass and do get it removed here PLEASE!!!!

  2. And California! Help!

  3. Wow, great Monday news!! Knocking them down, one State at a time!!
    Being surrounded by Maryland, New Jersey and New York adds a great deal of travel stress!
    Keep those walls tumbling down!

  4. scuse my French, but HOLY SHIT. what a way to make my Monday. :D

  5. There are a lot of really really good lines in that opinion. Here are two examples of many:

    "A citizen may not be required to offer a ―good and substantial reason‖ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right‘s existence is all the reason he needs."

    "Nor does the Court speculate as to whether a law that required a good and substantial reason only of law-abiding citizens who wish to carry a concealed handgun would be constitutional."
    ---concealed is specifically underlined in this sentence. Makes me wonder that the judge is trying to differentiate between OC and CCW, which would be really good as well.

  6. I just had to delete some off the wall comment that was ranting about Monsanto. I rarely will delete comments other than spam but that one had to go.

  7. You guys must have missed a story. the court just ruled in Maryland's favor