Hulbert v. Pope Being Heard before the 4th Circuit


On the morning of May 3, 2021, Jeff Hulbert passed away after a courageous fight against cancer. On the morning of May 3rd, 2023, his brothers, Kevin and Clayton Hulbert, will be before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the State’s appeal of a lower court decision that denied qualified immunity for an officer who arrested Jeff and Kevin for exercising their First Amendment rights on the public sidewalk in front of Lawyer’s Mall in 2018. The questions presented on appeal are whether the district court correctly denied qualified immunity for those arrests and whether First Amendment protects right to record the police and, if so, whether that right was “clearly established” for purposes of qualified immunity. Second Amendment rights cannot be defended without advocacy protected by the First Amendment. Cary Hansel will argue on behalf of the Hulberts and Maryland Shall Issue. The Fourth Circuit will stream audio of the oral argument live HERE (and below). There is one case ahead of Hulbert at 9am, which puts the start of oral argument sometime around or after 9:30am. Visit the case page HERE to learn more about this suit.

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Novotny v. Moore - Challenge to 2023 SB 1

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On behalf of our members and in partnership with the Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition, Maryland Shall Issue and three individual plaintiffs are challenging unconstitutional aspects of SB 1, the so-called “Gun Safety Act of 2023” in the US District Court for the District of Maryland. SB 1 effectively nullifies the "general right to carry in public" for carry permit holders confirmed by the Supreme Court's decision NYSRPA v. Bruen just this last June. It does so by banning firearms in a whole host of locations otherwise open to the public, including places like stores and shops, restaurants, museums, and healthcare facilities. The suit also challenges the general ban on possession of firearms on public transit owned or controlled by the State Mass Transit Administration and in the tens of thousands of acres of woodlands in State parks, State forests, and State Chesapeake forest lands. We have every confidence that we will prevail in whole or in part in this suit.

Find the complaint in Novotny v. Moore HERE.

A guide on the effects of the recent changes to legal handgun carry in Maryland can be found HERE.

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