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A Small and Temporary Gun-Rights Victory in Maryland

Posted on the 06 March 2012 by Mikeb302000
via tha AP
A federal judge has ruled that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is not limited to the home and Maryland’s handgun permit law is unconstitutional.
In an opinion filed Monday, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg says a requirement that residents show a “good and substantial reason” to carry a handgun infringes on people’s rights.
Plaintiff Raymond Woollard obtained a handgun permit after fighting with an intruder in his home in 2002, but his renewal was denied in 2009 because he could not show he was subject to “threats occurring beyond his residence.”
The Second Amendment Foundation, which brought the suit on Woollard’s behalf, calls the ruling a major victory. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says it goes out of the norm and will likely be reversed.
What do you think? Is the judge stretching the reasonable meaning of "infringes on people's rights," when he applies it to this? Didn't the Supreme Court rule that the 2nd Amendment right applies to the home?
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