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Maryland Gun Law Struck Down

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Semi-automatic weapons for sale at Texas Gun, one of the 6,700 gun dealers located near the 2,000 miles long U.S.-Mexico border in San Antonio, June 17 2009

A Maryland judge ruled on Monday that a handgun law requiring state residents to show a “good and substantial reason” they deserve a permit to own a gun is unconstitutional. The state sought to restrict citizens’ pistol-carrying ways to their homes, but U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg said that the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms whether one is in one’s home or not. The state’s assistant attorney general, speaking for the defendants, said that the decision has serious implications for public safety, and the defendants will be appealing the decision on those grounds.