Maryland’s latest abomination to the right to keep and bear arms isn’t doing well in court. It lost and it should have lost, especially in the wake of the Bruen decision.
But some people still apparently act like they’ve never heard of Bruen. They think they can just pass whatever gun control laws they want because they really, really like them.
The courts tend to have to at least manufacture a reason to defend such laws, though. In Maryland’s case, they couldn’t, so they ruled against the state.
However, a supposed expert thinks the state’s appeal will be successful.
With the future of two Maryland gun laws in question, the co-directors of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions held a briefing Thursday on new research and policies.
Professor Cassandra Crifasi said states like Oregon, Delaware and Washington are taking steps to reduce gun violence, including passing a firearm purchaser licensing law. She said research shows that those types of laws have been shown to reduce homicides and suicides in states that have them.
Crifasi said she is optimistic that ruling will be successfully appealed.
“I will note that there was a recent Fourth Circuit case striking down Maryland’s handgun qualification license, and we anticipate that will be appealed successfully, given the longstanding tradition in the U.S. of prohibiting gun ownership by dangerous individuals. The second topic that I wanted to touch on briefly is guns in public. We have several new studies from our center showing that when you make it easier for people to carry concealed firearms in public, that’s harmful to public safety,” she said.
The problem here is that those laws only applied to people who had already shown themselves to be a danger, which is analogous to our laws that prevent felons and domestic abusers from owning guns.
What Maryland’s law does, though, is delay the ability for someone to buy a gun well beyond what would be considered reasonable–and Bruen does warn against unreasonable waiting periods. A 30-day wait to get a license is bad enough on the surface, but Maryland’s law requires people to jump through hoops before they can even start that clock. They first need finger prints and a four-hour class that contains a life-fire requirement. That means you could be waiting weeks or months, potentially, before you can even apply.
And then that 30-day wait is basically the minimum. Don’t be surprised if it takes much, much longer.
None of that is consistent with what Bruen found, which is why the court ruled the way it did. That’s not going to change simply because you try to point to more BS studies claiming that gun control laws work.
The ruling didn’t actually have much to do with requiring a license but had more to do with the undue burden being placed on law-abiding citizens who simply want to exercise a constitutionally protected right.
Maryland has no respect for that right, of course, and they haven’t for a while. The courts, however, shouldn’t be swayed by such a ridiculous argument.