- Maryland’s handgun permit law was struck down by a federal appeals court in November.
- The law requires individuals to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun, a process that can take up to 30 days.
- Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown has filed a petition for a new 15-judge hearing in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
After a federal appeals court struck down Maryland’s handgun permit law last month, the state’s attorney general has requested a new hearing for more judges to consider the case. could have a significant impact on gun rights across the United States.
On November 21, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that Maryland’s requirement to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun is unconstitutionally restrictive. The verdict was 2-1. The license acquisition process may take up to 30 days.
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In the majority opinion, the justices said they considered the case in light of last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that “signaled a significant change to the Second Amendment.”
The underlying lawsuit was filed in 2016 to challenge a Maryland law that requires people to obtain a special license before purchasing a handgun. The law, passed in 2013 in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, requires prospective gun buyers to complete a four-hour safety training session, including firing one live round and submitting fingerprints. Establishes necessary procedures. She passed a background check, is 21 years old, and lives in Maryland.
Several state leaders, including Democratic Gov. Wes Moore, have voiced opposition to the recent appeals court ruling and vowed to fight it.
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Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown filed a petition Tuesday asking the entire 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case, which would result in 15 judges instead of three. .
“The Second Amendment does not prohibit states from enacting common-sense gun laws like Maryland’s handgun permit law,” Brown said in a statement. “My office will continue to uphold laws designed to protect Marylanders from gun violence.”