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pdf0RTFA Litigation - 28(j) letter in light of Manning v. Cadwell HOT

Maryland Shall Issue, Inc. v. Hogan, No. 18-2474 (4th Cir.)
RTFA Litigation - 28(j) letter in light of

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pdf1Baltimore County "SAFE" Act as Introduced HOT

The Act as introduced before the Baltimore County Council on 12/16/19. You can see that meeting ...

pdf2Whalen v Handgun Permit Review Board - Reply Brief HOT

MSI Whalen Reply Brief (redacted)

pdf3Whalen v Handgun Permit Review Board - Motion to Strike HOT

MSI - Motion to Strike in Whalen v. Board (redacted)

pdf4Whalen v Handgun Permit Review Board - Brief of Appellee HOT

The State's reply in Whalen v Handgun Permit Review Board.

pdf5MSI Presentation at 2019 International Association of Crime Analysts, National Harbor, MD 08/23/2019 HOT

Listen to the presentation HERE

An examination of deaths by shooting, assaults with firearms, and

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pdf7HQL Brief of Appellees (the State) HOT

brief of appellees filed by the State of Maryland in HQL litigation before the 4th Circuit

pdf8NEW Restrictions Policy HOT

New Announcement for Restrictions Policy for Business Owners

pdf9NEW SOP for MSP Carry Permits HOT

New Maryland State Police SOP for carry permits 

pdf10Letter 28j to Court re Davis HQL suit HOT

Rule 28j Letter to Fourth Circuit in the HQL suit advising of the Davis case

pdf11Letter To 4th Circuit on Standing HOT

Letter to Fourth Circuit advising the Court of the Supreme Court's decision in the census case on standing

pdf12Knick 28j Letter HOT

Letter to the Fourth Circuit advising of the Supreme Court's decision in Knick

zip13Davis 28j Letter refiled HOT

Letter advising the Fourth Circuit of the Supreme Court's decision in Davis

pdf14Davis 28j Letter HOT

Letter advising the Fourth Circuit of the Supreme Court's decision in Davis

pdf15Brief Whalen v. HPRB HOT

Whalen v. Handgun Permit Review Board, brief of appellant. Court of Special Appeals

pdf16HQL Suit - Amicus Curiae Brief by NSSF HOT

Brief filed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in support of MSI and Atlantic Guns's suit against Maryland's Handgun Qualification License.

pdf17HQL Suit - Amicus Curiae Brief by NRA and MSRPA HOT

Brief filed by the National Rifle Association and Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association in support of MSI and Atlantic Guns's  lawsuit against Maryland's Handgun Qualification

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pdf18SAF and CCRKBA Amicus in HQL Lawsuit HOT

SAF, CCRKBA JOIN IN AMICUS BRIEF CHALLENGING MARYLAND GUN LAW

From the Second Amendment Foundation: "The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear

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pdf19Origins of Restrictions in Maryland HOT

Latest News

US Supreme Court Orders Response from MD Attorney General Brian Frosh in "Assault Weapon" Ban Challenge

On January 14, the Supreme Court ordered the Maryland Attorney General to file a response to the petition for certiorari filed by plaintiffs in Bianchi v. Frosh, No. 21-901. In that case, plaintiffs are challenging Maryland's "assault weapon" ban as unconstitutional.

That order means, at the minimum, that at least one Justice on the Court wants a response. It also likely means that the Court will hold this petition pending a decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen, No. 20-843, in which the Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of New York's "good cause" requirement for carry permits. Holding Bianchi would be consistent with the hold that the Court has apparently placed on the petition filed in the New Jersey "large-capacity magazine" case, ANJRPC v. Bruck, No. 20-1507. The petition in that case has been pending in the Supreme Court since April of 2021. All of this is good news. A decision in Bruen this Spring may mean that the Court will thereafter vacate the lower court decisions in both Bianchi and ANJRPC and remand for further consideration in light of Bruen. At least, we hope that is the outcome.

The Dangers of Maryland's Carry Laws

On August 12, 2021, Maryland's highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled that a violation of Md. Criminal Law § 4-203(a)(1)(i) is a strict liability crime. Put simply, if one has a handgun on or about them and is not authorized to do so, they are guilty of violating the law. The case is Lawrence v. State, 471 Md. 101 (2021).

Section 4-203 is the statute that broadly prohibits the wear, carry, or transport of handguns within the State. Specifically, § 4-203(a)(1)(i) states:

 (a)    (1)    Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a person may not:

            (i)    wear, carry, or transport a handgun, whether concealed or open, on or about the person;

There are a few exceptions to this ban (found in subsection (b) of Section 4-203), such as one having a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit, possession in the home or business (by the business owner), or when transporting an unloaded handgun (kept in an enclosed case or enclosed holster) between a gun shop and one's residence or from their residence to a gun range. But, outside these sharply limited exceptions set out in subsection (b), the passage above otherwise broadly criminalizes having a pistol on (or about) the person. 

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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