- September 7, 2010
Supreme Court ruling in Chicago opens the door to challenges of state and local hand-gun regulations
In the wake of McDonald v City of Chicago, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is supporting citizens in a fight against local and state governments that are violating citizen’s constitutional right to bear arms.
The SAF is suing Maryland for a permanent injunction to bar the state from requiring citizens to “demonstrate cause” to obtain a CPL permit.
Scott Woolard, a Maryland citizen supported by the SAF, was originally issued a CPL permit after a break-in at his home. But when it was time for his renewal, the man who broke into his home was out of prison and Wolcott’s renewal was denied. Woolard was denied renewal of his permit because he could not demonstrate a “reasonable precaution against apprehended danger.”
The SAF argues that the cause requirement set by the state of Maryland in deciding whether or not a citizen can carry a hand gun violates citizen’s constitutional right to bear arms. The lawsuit alleges that “Individuals cannot be required to demonstrate that carrying a handgun is necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger’ as a prerequisite for exercising their Second Amendment rights.”
SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb says “We are supporting Mr. Woollard in this action because constitutional rights trump bureaucratic whims.”