Citing constitutional compliance, Governor Hogan suspends “reasonable cause” in obtaining conceal carry permit in Maryland

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced today the suspension of the state’s “good and substantial” reason standard during the review of a Wear and Carry Permit application.

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The announcement comes after the Supreme Court struck down a New York law in June, which is very similar to Maryland’s law.

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In a statement, Governor Hogan says the move was to ensure compliance with the Constitution. He adds “It would be unconstitutional to continue enforcing this provision in state law. There is no impact on other permitting requirements and protocols. Today’s action is in line with actions taken in other states in response to the recent ruling.”

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On June 23, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against New York that its conceal carry law requiring “reasonable cause” for obtaining a permit. In that case, the high court ruled that the law violated the Second Amendment right to keep and bare arms.

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