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Gov. Hogan orders MSP to suspend ‘good and substantial reason standard’ for gun permits

July 5th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that he has directed the Maryland State Police to suspend the "good and substantial reason" standard when reviewing applications for wear and carry gun permits in the state. WBAL reports the action comes after the Supreme Court's decision on gun control, ruling New York's law, that requires a good reason before someone can carry a gun outside their home, is unconstitutional.

Hogan said the action is in accordance to the Supreme Court's ruling.

“Over the course of my administration, I have consistently supported the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms, while enacting responsible and common sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill," Hogan said in a news release.

“Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in New York law pertaining to handgun permitting that is virtually indistinguishable from Maryland law. In light of the ruling and to ensure compliance with the Constitution, I am directing the Maryland State Police to immediately suspend utilization of the ‘good and substantial reason’ standard when reviewing applications for Wear and Carry Permits. It would be unconstitutional to continue enforcing this provision in state law. There is no impact on other permitting requirements and protocols.

“Today’s action is in line with actions taken in other states in response to the recent ruling.”