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Summary: Federal Second Amendment lawsuit that seeks to make it possible for all law-abiding people to carry a loaded handgun on their person in public self-defense in the State of Maryland, challenging the “good and substantial reason” requirement, among others, that block law-abiding people from obtaining carry licenses.

Plaintiffs: Eric Call, Christopher Mehl, Kyle Harrison, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), and Maryland Shall Issue (MSI).

Defendants: Woodrow Jones III, in his official capacity as Secretary of State Police, Brian Frosh, in his official capacity as Attorney General of Maryland

Litigation Counsel: Nicole Moss, David Thompson, Peter Patterson, Raymond DiGuiseppe, and Adam Kraut.

Docket: D. MD case no. 1:20-cv-03304, Fourth Circuit case no. 21-1334 | CourtListener Docket

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Key Events & Filings:

2021-5-10: Order Granting Motion for Abeyance

2021-5-7: Order Granting Motion to Suspend Briefing

2021-5-7: Joint Motion to Hold Appeal in Abeyance

2021-3-19: Order Granting Motion to Dismiss

2020-12-21: Plaintiffs’ Memorandum in Opposition to Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss the Complaint

2020-11-13: Complaint

Related News Releases:

2021-3-25: FPC Challenge to Maryland’s Handgun Carry Ban Quickly Moves Up to Court of Appeals

2020-11-13: FPC, SAF, CCRKBA and Maryland Shall Issue Challenge Maryland Handgun Carry Ban