A Maryland court has denied a challenge to a new gun control law, saying they didn’t act soon enough to make a case.
Our friends at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc., Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, Maryland Shall Issue, Inc., Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and individual Maryland citizens, filed suit to stay of Maryland’s planned implementation of a Handgun Qualification License (“HQL”) requirement for all Marylanders seeking to purchase a handgun on or after October 1, 2013. They were hosed.
The Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013, alternatively known as SB 281 (the “Act”), makes all handgun purchasers a pre-purchase burden of fingerprinting and a $50 application fee. First-time handgun purchasers who are not honorably discharged from the military or are police officers, will face the additional requirement of four hours of live instruction (Maryland State Police regulations are expected to add the firing of one round at a range as part of the instruction). This must all be done before, and in addition to, the submission of the now-required 77R application, extending the time of purchase by up to 30 days. Because of these new rules, no guns are being sold. Nobody qualifies. There isn’t a standard nor has a course curriculum been created. We can’t even abide by the draconian rules that have been created.
The lawsuit, that was in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, requests immediate emergency injunctive relief in the form of a Temporary Restraining Order because the October 1HQL requirement is a de facto ban on the purchase of handguns, as there currently exists no procedure for acquiring a HQL, creating an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment right of the law-abiding, responsible citizens of Maryland to obtain a handgun for defense in the home. It was denied.
The denial came after “Blue Lights and Sirens loving gubernatorial candidate” Attorney General Doug Gansler asked a federal judge in Baltimore to deny the group’s request for an official order preventing the law from being Individual residents, gun shops, and organizations filed two lawsuits last week against what they see as a violation of their Second Amendment right.
Gansler said the motion should be denied entirely since the plaintiffs have had six months to organize a lawsuit after Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the law earlier this year. He also said the gun advocates have yet to prove how the new law would cause harm and do not demonstrate a case that seems likely to succeed.
Gun registration has come to Maryland. The new laws have become a way of stopping the sale of firearms in the State. The new law which requires law-abiding people to pay almost two hundred dollars before being able to purchase a firearm, with a new license, trying to find a place to get their fingerprints taken, and adds 45 firearms to the list of banned assault weapons in the state and limits handgun magazines to ten rounds.
The Supreme Court today announced it will not hear the Woollard case, allowing the ruling of the 4th Circuit to stand. That said, a denial of cert does not mean an affirmation of the ruling. This is a setback for 2nd amendment civil rights, but it is by no means the end.
I am trying to get 10,000+ people in Maryland to join me in this fight. Please go to http://gunrightsmaryland.com and join.
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