carry permit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court says Maryland's law requiring applicants for a permit to carry a handgun to have a substantial reason is constitutional.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously overturned a March 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg.

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.