SAF, Alan Gura, sue over Maryland carry permit denial
Story here. Again, a careful choice of plaintiff, facts, and law. Plaintiff had a permit to carry after his house was broken into; then renewal was denied for lack of demonstrated cause, even though the perp is now out of prison and living a few miles away.
And to think -- it was only a few years ago that Brady and others were suing gun manufacturers right and left, as part of a campaign to bankrupt the industry, a campaign that had a good chance of succeeding. Today, they're on the defensive (to the extent they act at all) and the progun side is on the offense. Since almost all of it has occurred over the last month or so, it's more than an offense, it's a legal blitzkrieg.
It's a combination of blitzkrieg, shock & awe, and shoving a firehose down their throats.
It's like we are becoming accustomed to several new brilliant suits being introduced every week.
I only wish I could donate more to all of the amazing organizations involved (NRA,SAF,CGF,etc).
Posted by: JeremyS at July 29, 2010 04:36 PM
Notice that the 2nd and 3rd suits are both in "may issue" (if rarely) states. I see it as a direct frontal assault on them. If we all can't be AZ, AK, or VT, "shall issue" is an OK alternative.
Posted by: John Richardson at July 29, 2010 05:16 PM
It couldn't happen to a nicer state. Sure, they have a 95% issuance rate, but that is because its $140ish to apply and they can also stamp restrictions on the back to limit you to carrying only in rediculous circumstances.
Posted by: Kharn at July 30, 2010 05:16 AM
Ah, Mr. Gura, the Gary Kasparov of the movement. AWESOME!
Posted by: Mark at July 30, 2010 06:34 AM
Kharn, we know each other from the MDShooters.com forum...
One thing I'd like to add to your comment is that the 95% issuance rate does not count all the people who apply and are sent back their checks and told to not bother.
I'd hate for people not as familiar as you and I with MD to get the impression that the MD government actually cares about 2A.
I look forward to this fight. Give them hell.
Posted by: Patrick at July 30, 2010 07:42 AM
Isn't MD the one that requires a fired case to register a handgun? You know,the one that seems to come with all new guns these days and that, I've read, has never helped to solve a crime.
Posted by: skeptic5 at July 30, 2010 08:36 AM
MD is one of the (two?) states that requires the fired casing. Its quite annoying as many times it requires special-ordering guns vs buying from distributors when they have a good sale.
True, the MSP does a good job of reducing their own workload (and lowering the denial rate) by telling people they won't get a permit upfront.
Posted by: Kharn at July 30, 2010 11:42 AM