Thursday, October 17, 2013

130.1 - Good news: SCOTUS won't hear MD gun law challenge

Good news: SCOTUS won't hear MD gun law challenge

For the first half of this week's show, we're going to be happy. I've got two bits of good news and four - count 'em, four - Hero Awards.

Start with the good news.

Up first, it develops that there is a limit to how far the Supreme Court is willing to push the Second Amendment in service to the Nutzoid Rabbit-brains of America, otherwise known as the NRA, and the gun-makers lobby.

The Court has refused to hear a challenge to a law in Maryland that requires people who want permits for handguns to demonstrate a "good and substantial reason" for carrying a weapon outside their own home or business.

The challenge came from Raymond Woollard and the Second Amendment Foundation, who say - of course - that the law violates the Second Amendment.

Woollard obtained a permit after a 2002 home invasion but was denied a renewal in 2009. The Maryland law doesn't recognize a vague threat or general fear as enough to get a permit, and state officials said Woollard failed to demonstrate any ongoing danger seven years after the home invasion.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law and SCOTUS has now said "let 'er ride." Finally.


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