Oral Argument Against the Handgun Qualification License


On September 30th, 2016, Maryland Shall Issue filed suit against Maryland’s enforcement of its Handgun Qualification License (HQL) requirement for the purchase of handguns. After over six years of litigation, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear argument against the HQL on its merits on Friday (3/10) in Richmond, VA at 8:30am. Marc A. Nardone of Bradley law firm is arguing on behalf of the plaintiffs. We look forward to promoting and defending Marylanders’ 2nd Amendment rights before the Court. 

The hearing can be listened to from the 4th Circuit’s YouTube page HERE.

Find all of the important documents on our case page HERE.

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August 2023 Legal Update

Novotny v. Moore - Challenge against aspects of SB 1 and current public carry restrictions

Maryland Shall Issue, the Second Amendment Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition, and three individuals have challenged SB 1. That bill passed this last Session of the General Assembly places many unconstitutional restrictions on the right to carry with a permit in Maryland. The case is styled Novotny v. Moore and has been consolidated with Kipke v. Moore in federal district court in Baltimore. Kipke was brought by the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association. Plaintiffs in both cases have filed motions for preliminary injunctions and motions for summary judgment with the aim of stopping enforcement of certain restrictions placed by SB 1 by October 1st, the bill’s effective date. Briefing is ongoing in both cases and then the court will decide whether to hold an oral argument and simply move to the issuance of a decision. The court is not required to decide the case within any set time. We will provide updates of importance as they occur. Find all of the filings in both of these cases HERE.

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