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Maryland Dropping ‘Good and Substantial Reason’ Requirements for Wear and Carry Gun Permits

Maryland Dropping ‘Good and Substantial Reason’ Requirements for Wear and Carry Gun Permits

“It would be unconstitutional to continue enforcing this provision in state law.”

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said the state will no longer require a “good and substantial” reason for people to receive a wear-and-carry permit for their guns.

Hogan cited the recent Supreme Court decision striking down New York’s conceal carry requirements.

“Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in New York law pertaining to handgun permitting that is virtually indistinguishable from Maryland law,” wrote Hogan. “In light of the ruling and to ensure compliance with the Constitution, I am directing the Maryland State Police to immediately suspend utilization of the ‘good and substantial reason’ standard when reviewing applications for Wear and Carry Permits.”

The Maryland law is similar to the New York law, which also required people to provide a good reason to conceal carry their guns.

“It would be unconstitutional to continue enforcing this provision in state law.”

Hogan said suspending the requirement would not “impact on other permitting requirements and protocols.”

Maryland will still require people to go through a background check and provide fingerprints. People will also have to go through a check to make sure they are not barred from owning guns.


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henrybowman | July 5, 2022 at 5:29 pm

Apparently, Hogan lacks the keen criminal reflexes of Hochul and Hairgel.

    CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | July 5, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    This rino is probably running in 2024 so this is an attempt at a low-cost way to burnish his conservative ‘credentials’. He can tell the suburban no gun Karen to blame SCOTUS while seeking praise from gun rights groups for following the ruling v going full mental defective as the NY Gov did.

      He’s almost certainly going to run, and he won’t make it past the primaries. He’s a complete non-starter.

        CommoChief in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | July 5, 2022 at 9:54 pm

        Yeah it ain’t 2000 and we don’t need pious BS and moralizing lectures. The appetite for a rino at the presidential level has waned perhaps permanently but at least for the foreseeable future.

          Agreed. President Trump really changed what we think is possible, gave us all hope that this crap show can be righted. I think it can be, but we really need to not run RINO globalist butt monkeys like this guy (Or Cheney or Romney or Noem or Haley–appeasing progressive butt monkeys one and all. And yes, progressives exist on the right, i.e. “compassionate conservatives” or whatever they are calling themselves these days).

        craigevans in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | July 6, 2022 at 10:14 am

        Believe is term limited and not running

      DDsModernLife in reply to CommoChief. | July 5, 2022 at 8:34 pm

      I was going to login to make the same observation but you beat me to it, so just “like” yours and add my, “Hear! Hear!”

Some states know the time of day. Here, Maryland. My own state, Mass., is likewise following Bruen. NY on the other hand is digging in their heels.

“It would be unconstitutional to continue enforcing this provision in state law.”

Gee, thanks, ‘Republican’ governor. But ain’t you the same Gov. Hogan who signed into law this handgun review board AND red flag law in 2018?

Shall. Not. Be. Infringed. actually means what it says, governor – regardless of a scotus opinion, or whatever turd the legislature dumps on your desk. So, was this obvious Constitutional fact above your pay grade until 5 minutes ago? Why was this ever considered, Oath of Office, let alone signed into law?

Yet this is why leftists always advance their agenda, and conservatives always loose: No one will be fined, imprisoned or otherwise punished for this egregious violation of Oath of Office to implement these anti-constitutional laws in Maryland.

I know that FPC’s legal arm started sending out letters to states as soon as Bruen was announced. For states (Like NY) that refuse to comply, lawsuits are waiting.

    jmccandles in reply to Sanddog. | July 6, 2022 at 8:38 am

    FPC for the lawsuits and Wins.,although wait for it Negotiating Rights Away will swoop in and take credit or try to.

Hawaii still has not responded. We fear they will go the way of CA and NY. However oddly enough, when it was ruled that tasers were a Second issue..the state immediately complied and allowed civilian carry…of course they may have already decided that and the case was an excuse.

smalltownoklahoman | July 6, 2022 at 6:01 am

Immediately suspend the practice is not the same thing as a repeal. The law is still on the books there they just won’t enforce it for now. Then again, I think repeal has to come by legislative action so Maryland 2A supporters need to remain active on that front.

    stevewhitemd in reply to smalltownoklahoman. | July 6, 2022 at 9:34 am

    An excellent point. When the SC overturned Roe, the states that had more restrictive abortion laws on the books were able to implement them almost immediately — those laws had been suspended, not repealed, while Roe was in effect.

    Should a SC at some point decide to allow new restrictions on gun ownership, the states that have kept their restrictive laws on ice will simply melt the ice and reimpose the laws. So yes, the good people of Maryland, and other states in this situation, should work to have the restrictive laws repealed by their legislatures.

All the people jumping for joy might want to wait and see how many more permits are actually issued. CA citizens passed a law outlawing racial preferences; the bureaucrats used them anyway and lied about it.

Democrats ignore laws at will.

harleycowboy | July 6, 2022 at 7:36 am

It won’t be long before they pull a Cali. “Except for sensitive areas. Such as any place outside your house.”

Keep in mind that Hogan has a higher approval rating among Democrats than Republicans in Maryland