Federal appeals court restores Maryland’s concealed carry law

Maryland’s law requiring that applicants for a concealed-carry handgun permit provide a “good and substantial reason” 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 state’s Handgun Permit Review Board after they declined to renew his handgun permit because he did not provide documents to “verify a threat beyond his residence,” as required by state law.

The state appealed last year’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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