Today, a federal judge struck down a Maryland law which required citizens to give "good and substantial reason" to legally own a handgun.
In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg wrote that states are allowed some leeway in deciding the way residents exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms, but objected to Marylands law of rationing which also limits the number of firearms that individuals could carry.
Judge Legg wrote
"A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted to exercise his rights, the right's existence is all the reason he needs."People have the right to carry a gun for self-defense and don't have to prove that there's a special reason for them to seek the permit," said the plaintiff, Raymond Woollard, attorney Alan Gura, who has challenged handgun bans in the District of Columbia and Chicago as an attorney with the Second Amendment Foundation. "We're not against the idea of a permit process, but the licensing system has to acknowledge that there's a right to bear arms."
In addition to self-defense, the (Second Amendment) right was also understood to allow for militia membership and hunting. To secure these rights, the Second Amendment's protections must extend beyond the home: neither hunting nor militia training is a household activity, and 'self-defense has to take place wherever a person happens to be."
This is a big blow to the liberal elite in our nation, because it solidifies the second amendment, once again.