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Maryland Handgun License Requirement Struck DOWN

Keith G. Langer Nov. 21, 2023

“A federal appeals court struck down part of Maryland's laws regulating handguns Tuesday, overturning a requirement to obtain a handgun license before purchasing a firearm.

In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the Virginia-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Maryland cannot add more regulations for acquiring handguns than for other weapons. The court said the law was unenforceable in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling last year.

The judges cited last summer's Supreme Court ruling that loosened New York gun laws and said the government must show efforts to regulate guns are 'consistent with this nation's historical tradition of firearm regulation.'

Under current Maryland law, a person is required to get a handgun license in addition to all other requirements to purchase a firearm. That license requires that a person pass a handgun safety course, a background check and wait up to 30 days.

The majority opinion stated that those extra requirements put an unnecessary burden on Second Amendment rights.”

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Expect the MA legislature to totally ignore this, and enact the morass of restrictions now pending a hearing next week.