RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of Virginia and thirteen other states in Maryland’s appeal of a federal district court ruling in Woollard v. Gallagher. The district court ruled that Maryland’s requirement that citizens show a “good and substantial reason” when applying for a concealed carry permit violates an individual’s second amendment rights. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, who opposes individual gun rights, is appealing the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Cuccinelli’s brief argues that Maryland’s "good and substantial reason" requirement to obtain a handgun carry permit for self-defense outside of the home "impinges on the constitutional rights of its citizens."
The brief also argues that Maryland cannot justify the broad restriction because it has "less-restrictive alternatives" available to address safety concerns, and argues that research shows "right-to-carry laws do not result in criminal violence."