Gov. Larry Hogan quoted a pro-gun rights Supreme Court decision Tuesday and said that Maryland would drop its “good-and-substantial reason” standard used to assess applications for carry-and-carry firearms permits.
“I have supported law-abiding citizens’ right to possess and to carry firearms throughout my tenure, and I have enacted responsible and common-sense steps to keep guns from the hands criminals,” Mr. Hogan stated in a statement.
“In a decision that was almost identical to Maryland law, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a New York provision governing handgun permits. He said that in light of this ruling, and to ensure compliance to the Constitution I have directed the Maryland State Police immediately to suspend the use of the “good and substantial reason” standard for reviewing Wear and Carry Permit applications.
” It would be illegal to continue applying this state law provision. It has no effect on any other requirements or protocols .”
Mr. Hogan stated that his directive was in accord with the “actions taken by other states in response” to the ruling.
The Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down “good cause” provisions in eight states “may issue”, required that applicants for carry permits prove “good cause” before licensing authorities were allowed to allow them to transport outside of their home.
Maryland Republican Candidate for Governor Kelly Schulz applauded Mr. Hogan’s move, noting Maryland Democratic Attorney General Brian Frosh wasn’t taking any action.
“After dragging his feet for weeks, I called Attorney General Brian Frosh and asked him to let law-abiding Marylanders exercise their Constitutional right to conceal carry.” said Ms. Schulz.
” I commend Governor Hogan because he did what the Attorney General repeatedly failed to do in this area — follow the laws. This is a good call by the governor, who directed the Maryland State Police in processing these permits. I support .”
Last month, the attorneys general of New Jersey and California issued directives to cease requiring that applicants with concealed carry permits have a “good reason” for granting them.
California AttorneyGeneral Rob Bonta sent a legal notice to all state law enforcement agencies, stating that they no longer need to show “good cause” to get a concealed carry permit.
New Jersey Acting attorney general Matthew Platkin gave a directive stating that “while New Jersey cannot continue to require a demonstrable need to carry a firearm, it does NOT eliminate the enforcement other permitting requirements under State Law,” including background checks and training mandates.
New York’s Democratic-controlled state Legislature, however, responded to the Supreme Court decision by passing a raft of new gun control laws to supplant the 1913 Sullivan Act, which had initially introduced the “good cause” measure the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.
The new laws ban firearms from being carried in public places, including parks, libraries and government buildings. Signs must be posted at businesses that permit firearms to be carried on site.
The legislation requires stringent licensing protocols, including a background check by the FBI and an examination of any social media accounts. Background checks are also required when selling ammunition.