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Hogan orders suspension of 'good and substantial reason' for Maryland gun permits

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Governor Larry Hogan ordered Tuesday that Maryland State Police suspend the "good and substantial reason" to issue a permit to wear and carry a gun. 

The directive is pursuant to the Supreme Court ruling striking down similar provisions in New York.

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Hogan issued the following statement Tuesday:

“Over the course of my administration, I have consistently supported the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms, while enacting responsible and common sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

“Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in New York law pertaining to handgun permitting that is virtually indistinguishable from Maryland law. In light of the ruling and to ensure compliance with the Constitution, I am directing the Maryland State Police to immediately suspend utilization of the ‘good and substantial reason’ standard when reviewing applications for Wear and Carry Permits. 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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The state of Maryland is known as a “May Issue” state, similar to New York with strict guidelines on who receives a “Wear and Carry” gun permit.

Last week, supporters for gun rights were expecting changes in Maryland.

“I think this decision should be immediately implemented by Maryland State Police. And we don’t what position Maryland State Police are going to take on this because they are waiting on instructions from counsel and from political leadership. But if they don’t immediately yield to this decision, they will be forced to yield to this decision,” said Mark Pennak, attorney and president of Maryland Shall Issue, a non-profit group supporting gun owner’s rights.

“We are telling people to apply now,” Pennak said. “We will see what happens because we are prepared to implement the Supreme Court’s decision in court, if need be,” said Pennak.

Currently Maryland gun laws require applicants to have no drug convictions, no drug or substance addiction, subject to an investigation determining violent behavior, and need for a firearm.

Read the full release here.

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