Maryland Shall Issue, Inc. et al v. Montgomery County, Maryland

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On May 28, 2021, Maryland Shall Issue, Engage Armament, ICE Firearms & Defensive Training, and several residents of Montgomery County, Maryland, filed suit against the County, challenging its enactment of Bill 4-21. That Bill criminalizes the mere possession of privately made firearms without providing compensation and redefines the meaning of "place of public assembly" to encompass virtually the entirety of Montgomery County just in order to criminalize otherwise perfectly lawful firearms possession in the home and elsewhere. The suit seeks declaratory and injunctive relief and an award of damages, including punitive damages. 

You can read the complaint HERE.
Further filings can be found below.

 

MSI had testified before the Council last winter that Bill 4-21 was a bad idea on many fronts. The Council nonetheless insisted on making criminals of law-abiding people. The County was undeterred by the many Maryland state laws and precedent from the Court of Appeals (Maryland's highest Court) that make clear that localities lack the power to enact new gun laws like Bill 4-21. 

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Case Documents and History
Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD Case# 485899V
5/28/21 - Complaint
6/16/21 - Emergency Motion for Partial Summary Judgment
6/16/21 - Memorandum in Support of Emergency Motion for Partial Summary Judgment
7/13/21 - Defendant's Notice of Removal to Federal U.S. District Court, Filed. Case Closed.
7/15/21 - Hearing on motion for Partial Summary Judgment scheduled (Cancelled - Case removed to Federal Ct.).

US District Court for the District of Maryland Case# 8:21-cv-01736-TDC
7/12/21 - NOTICE OF REMOVAL from Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, case number 485899V
7/13/21 - Standing Order Concerning Removal Notice of Removal
7/13/21 - Defendant's Response re Standing Order Concerning Removal
7/19/21 - Defendant's Notice of Intent to file Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment and Motion to Dismiss
7/21/21 - Plaintiffs' Notice of Intent to file Motion to Sever and Remand State Law Claims and To Hold Federal Vagueness Claim in Abeyance Pending a Resolution of the State Law Claims
7/23/21 - Plaintiffs' Notice of Intent to Submit the Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Counts I, II, and IV and Notice of Intent to File Motion Seeking Sanctions Under Rule 11, FRCP, for the County’s Wrongful Delay Tactics and Willful Failure To Comply With Local Rule 103 5. b).
8/4/21 - Plaintiffs’ Motion to Sever and to Remand All State Law Claims Removed by the Defendant and to Hold in Abeyance the Sole Remaining Federal Claim Until Completion of the State Court Proceedings
8/18/21 - Defendant's Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion to Sever and Remand to State Court
8/22/21 - Plaintiffs’ Corrected Reply In Support Of Plaintiffs’ Motion To Sever And To Remand
2/7/22 - Memorandum Opinion
2/7/22 - ORDER granting in part and denying in part Motion to Remand to State Court

Full Federal District Court docket available HERE

Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD Case# 485899V
2/18/22 - Case transferred from United States District Court
2/18/22 - Order remanding case back to Montgomery County Circuit Court
2/22/22 - Defendant's Motion to Dismiss or, alternatively for Summary Judgment
2/22/22 - Memorandum In Support of Defendant's Motion to Dismiss/Summary Judgment
2/22/22 - Defendant's Motion to Exceed page limitation
2/22/22 - Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment
2/22/22 - Plaintiffs' Motion to Exceed page limitation
2/22/22 - Defendant's Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment
2/24/22 - Transfer of original record from United States District Court
3/7/22 - Plaintiffs’ Opposition to Defendant’s Motion For Summary Judgment and Motion to Dismiss
4/14/22 - Plaintiffs’ Supplemental Memorandum Regarding Enactment of Senate Bill 387 and House Bill 425 Into Law and Motion for Expedited Hearing and Decision
4/14/22 - Plaintiffs' Proposed Order on Motion to Expedite
4/20/22 - Notice of Hearing Date - Scheduled for May 23, 2022, at 10am Remotely
5/12/22 - Defendant's Reply To Plaintiffs’ Supplemental Memorandum Regarding Enactment Of Senate Bill 387 And House Bill 425 Into Law
5/16/22 - Plaintiffs’ Motion To Exceed Page Limitation On Memorandum In Response To Defendant’s Submission Concerning HB 425 And SB 387
5/16/22 - Plaintiffs’ Memorandum In Response To Defendant’s Submission Concerning HB 425 And SB 387
5/16/22 - Written Testimony Of Mark W. Pennak, President, MSI, In Opposition To HB 425 And SB 387 (Exh. A)


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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Maryland Shall Issue®, Inc.
9613 Harford Rd
Ste C #1015
Baltimore, MD 21234-2150

Phone:  410-849-9197
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Web:   www.marylandshallissue.org