Some Second Amendment absolutists will argue that any firearm law is an infringement against their right to “keep and bear arms.” Others don’t mind the background checks. And yet there are those that would whatever they can within the law to strip you of that right. So, it’s encouraging that one state’s laws on requirements to follow before even being allowed to purchase a handgun have been struck down.
On Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted two to one to declare Maryland’s pre-purchase requirements unconstitutional.
According to Reuters:
A three-judge panel of the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on a 2-1 vote blocked enforcement of a 2013 Maryland law that required people to undergo training and background checks before applying for licenses to buy handguns, saying it violated the right to "keep and bear arms" under the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment.
Reportedly, another aspect of the Maryland law enlisted a 30-day waiting period before residents could even “begin the usual process to acquire a firearm through a separate background check system.”
The National Rifle Association (NRA) was a backer of the lawsuit that eventually brought the case before the appeals court.
While I believe it's a good idea for people to be trained to use the firearms they purchase, it’s also a travesty to make people jump through the amount of hoops they needed to in order to purchase one. Firearms are not toys, obviously, training goes a long way.
Some could argue that training should be required, but not as a prerequisite to purchase a firearm.
Executive Director for the NRA’s Institute for Legal Action Randy Kozuch said that the decision is “a significant ruling for the Second Amendment and every American who cherishes our constitutional freedoms.”
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