Maryland is easing up on their gun laws in light of a recent SCOTUS decision regarding gun laws.
On June 23, SCOTUS ruled against New York’s proper cause requirement for concealed carry permit issuance.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion in the case saying, “We too agree, and now hold, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”
On June 24, the next day, New Jersey responded to the ruling and dropped its “justifiable need” requirement for concealed carry permit issuance.
Immediately following the New Jersey decision, California dropped its “good cause” requirement.
On July 5, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan tweeted, “In light of a recent Supreme Court ruling and to ensure compliance with the Constitution, I am directing the Maryland State Police to suspend utilization of the ‘good and substantial reason’ standard when reviewing applications for Wear and Carry Permits.”
Hogan added, “Today’s action is in line with actions taken in other states in response to the recent ruling.”
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