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Federal Judge Rejects Gun Control Block

October 3rd, 2013 by WCBC Radio

A federal judge this week rejected a request from a group of gun owners, retailers and gun owners’ rights groups to halt enforcement of Maryland's gun control law, while a pair of lawsuits is heard in U.S. District Court. U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake said the plaintiffs’ arguments do not justify "the extraordinary relief" of a temporary restraining order; which would have prevented the Maryland State Police from enforcing the law. The decision does allow the lawsuits to continue. Judge Blake asked attorneys for both sides to decide whether to hold arguments on a preliminary injunction to block the law, or to argue the lawsuits on their merits. Officials with the National Rifle Association, which is advising the plaintiffs, but is not a party to the lawsuit, say they knew getting the restraining order would be difficult, adding they are ready to present their case on its merits. Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, said he believes the ruling by Judge Blake is a clear indication that future similar legal challenges to this law will meet similar fates…


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