A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of Maryland’s controversial requirement that legal gun owners have a “good and substantial reason” to carry concealed weapons.
Current state law requires residents to provide reasons they need to carry concealed handguns when applying for permits. Based on those reasons, permits can be denied.
The federal court struck down the law in March, ruling it violated the Second Amendment. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has appealed the ruling, which will be argued before the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.