Marylandâ€™s law requiring that applicants for a concealed-carry handgun permit provide a â€œgood and substantial reasonâ€ for wanting a permit is constitutional, according to a federal court ruling issued Thursday.
The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a 2012 U.S. District Court ruling that struck down the law as an illegal restriction on the Second Amendment.
The case was initially brought in 2010 by Raymond Woollard, a Baltimore County man who sued Maryland State Police and the stateâ€™s Handgun Permit Review Board after they declined to renew his handgun permit because he did not provide documents to â€œverify a threat beyond his residence,â€ as required by state law.
The state appealed last yearâ€™s District Court decision, arguing its restriction on permits is no less legitimate than other widely accepted regulations, such as outlawing gun possession in certain public places or denying permits to people with histories of violence.
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