Judge refuses to block Maryland’s gun law; opponents vow continue fighting

October 3, 2013

BALTIMORE – A federal judge on Tuesday refused to block implementation of Maryland’s new gun control law, citing the late date of the challenge — just two business days before it was set to take effect — as an indication the law posed no imminent threat to core Second Amendment rights.

U.S District Judge Catherine Blake’s refusal to grant emergency relief allowed Maryland to implement some of the nation’s toughest firearm restrictions Tuesday. The disputed provisions include an expanded list of banned assault weapons and a 10-bullet limit on removable magazines. A separate lawsuit challenged a provision requiring prospective handgun buyers to submit fingerprints and get gun safety training.

The plaintiffs — three private citizens and seven gun dealers and associations — said they would continue to seek a court order invalidating the law on constitutional grounds.

“We will proceed with both cases,” attorney John Parker Sweeney said after Blake rejected his clients’ requests for temporary restraining orders. Their next goal is a preliminary injunction. No hearing dates were set.

Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, called it “a great day for public safety in Maryland.”

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