Maryland cops were looking for an excuse to refuse a gun permit to Raymond Woollard. He got one in 2002 after a home invasion. Seven years later the masters denied him a renewal . They decreed that he couldn't prove he still had a need to exercise a Constitutional right.
Now, Federal District Judge Benson Everett Legg has a birthday coming up, on June 8, and we should send him a nice card. He told the regulators to stand near a rope, unzip, and aim high.
Or, in his more temperate language: “A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” Legg wrote. “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”
Needless to say, the Bradyites didn't bother to unzip before wetting, but in due course they whipped out their lawyer who said, " “The Supreme Court has recognized the right to have guns in homes, but there is no right in public places,”
Uhh, Lawyer Lowy, you don't get to make binding judgements like that. Courts do. And Judge Legg did.
Our friend Alan Jura again led the attack, and we suppose he'll still be with us when the case hits the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
A cursory Bing of the 4th doesn't give much fodder for speculating about how it views self-defense rights lately, but there's a small clue in US v. William Chester, Jr., (4th Cir. 2010). (That's a long and complicated opinion, but, effectively, it questions government power to deny Second Amendment rights on the sole basis of a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.)