AG Gansler: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Maryland's Handgun Carry Law
Fourth Circuit finds "good and substantial reason" to be constitutional, reverses lower court decision in
Woollard v. Gallagher
Baltimore, MD ( March 21, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler applauded the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that declares Maryland's handgun carry permit statute satisfies constitutional scrutiny, including the statute's provision requiring a "good and substantial reason" to obtain a handgun carry permit. Attorney General Gansler represented Maryland in the appeal of a ruling by Federal District Court Judge Benson E. Legg issued in March of last year.
"Today's ruling reaffirms the considered view of the General Assembly that carrying handguns in public without a good and substantial reason poses unique safety risks that the state may address through sensible laws," said Attorney General Gansler. "We are very pleased that the Fourth Circuit has upheld Maryland's approach to reducing gun violence. This decision completely comports with the Supreme Court's Second Amendment rulings. Maryland is a safer place today because of its handgun conceal and carry permit laws."
From the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision issued today:
"The State has clearly demonstrated that the good-and-substantial-reason requirement advances the objectives of protecting public safety and preventing crime..."
" We are convinced by the State's evidence that there is a reasonable fit between the good-and-substantial-reason requirement and Maryland's objectives of protecting public safety and preventing crime."
"...under the applicable intermediate scrutiny standard, the State has demonstrated that the good-and-substantial-reason requirement is reasonably adapted to Maryland's significant interests in protecting public safety and preventing crime."
For the complete ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Woollard v. Gallagher visit: http://www.oag.state.md.us/Press/Woollard_Fourth_Circuit_Decision.pdf