Saturday, October 1, 2022

Second Amendment supporters rally around US Supreme Court decision in Maryland

(The Center Square) — A gun rights group in Maryland is buoyed by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding self-defense.

The effects of the court’s recent decision regarding New York’s gun permit law are being felt across the country, particularly in Maryland where the decision would potentially invalidate a long-standing requirement for permits.

Mark Pennack, president of the Maryland Shawl Issue, a Second Amendment advocacy group, said the most obvious reason for celebration is a “good and sufficient reason requirement” for a person to obtain a permit to carry a gun.

“Everyone has the right to self-defense outside the home, and that ‘everyone’ is every law-abiding, responsible citizen,” Penac told The Center Square.

The Maryland Shawl Issue is suing the state over that policy, a case awaiting a New York decision, according to a report good From US News & World Report. An important part of Maryland’s law is that it allows licensing officials to exercise discretion and has a special requirement for issuing permits.

“For self-defense, you have to show a special need, as if you are in danger,” Penac said. “You must show documented evidence of threats or attacks; Your documents must be in the form of a police report or a protective order.”

He said that most ordinary, law-abiding citizens cannot show such documents.

Penak firmly believes that the recent High Court ruling would mean eliminating this requirement.

“So now the state police may not require some special document, some special requirement which they alone get to decide,” he said.

Penak said that with the new decision, citizens will be able to obtain permits based on objective criteria such as age, background checks and disqualifying criminal convictions.

According to Penac, the Free State is already seeing a flood of concealed-carry permit applications.

He also said that Second Amendment rights advocates can expect a backlash from those who think guns in people’s hands are dangerous, even though there is no evidence that permit holders pose any threat to public safety. Huh.

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