Federal Appeals Court Rules Handgun Licensing Unconstitutional

Judge strikes down Maryland law requiring a 30-day waiting period for a handgun purchase.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked Maryland’s law requiring those seeking to purchase handguns to acquire a license, deeming the law unconstitutional. 

The law required Maryland citizens to undergo training and background checks in order to acquire the licenses. The majority in the three-judge panel ruled this violated the Constitutional right to “keep and bear arms,” citing phrases used in the 2022 Supreme Court ruling in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v Bruen.

“Maryland has not shown that this regime is consistent with our nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation,” Judge Julius Richardson wrote in the court’s ruling.

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Sources: Reuters, AP, The Hill


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