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RSC (2012-5) Gun Control
On March 5, a U.S. District Court judge loosened restrictions governing fire arms possession by declaring unconstitutional a provision regulating who can carry a handgun. Judge Benson Legg said that the state requirement that those applying for a permit to carry show they have “good and substantial reason” to do so “infringes the right to keep and bear arms.” The existence of the right is all the reason needed. The case is being appealed. (Baltimore Sun, March 6, 2012.) Based on the judicial decision, proposed legislation that would make the applicant responsible for proving eligibility will not go forward. Meanwhile, the State Police will continue to issue licenses and permits under the old law.