Gun Carry Permit Laws In MD Still In Force

Aug 2, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland can continue enforcing its gun permit law requiring residents to show a "good and substantial reason" to carry handguns until a federal appeals court decides the matter.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond granted a stay in the case on Wednesday. That's after a federal judge decided to lift a stay on his finding that the state's law was unconstitutional.

The court has directed that the case be expedited and tentatively scheduled for arguments in October.

David Paulson, a spokesman for Attorney General Doug Gansler, says that in the meantime, the state will continue to enforce the law. Gansler's office filed the appeal last month.

The case was brought by the Second Amendment Foundation in 2010.