Politics Second Amendment Judge: Maryland Gun Permit Stipulation Unconstitutional G&A Online Editors March 7th, 2012 | More From G&A Online Editors Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Gun owners in Maryland have reason to celebrate. On Monday, a federal judge struck down a Maryland gun permit requirement that states gun owners must provide a “good and substantial reason” for owning a firearm. U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg said the stipulation appeared to be a measure by the state to limit the number of firearms a citizen may carry; while states are given some discretion as to how the Second Amendment is exercised, Legg said, Maryland’s requirements only seemed to create a rationing system where only those who provided the correct answers got to own more guns. The plaintiff, Maryland resident Raymond Woollard, filed the suit in 2010 after being denied a permit renewal in 2009. Woollard was the victim of a home invasion in 2002 and obtained a permit shortly after. However, when he reapplied for the permit several years later, the state denied his request because he could not prove that he was a victim of “threats occurring beyond his residence.” He appealed the decision before taking the case to court, but was denied by a review board. Contrary to the state’s stipulations, Legg wrote that the Second Amendment extends far beyond one’s household. “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,'” Legg wrote. The state plans to appeal Legg’s decision. Assistant Attorney General Matthew Fader said in a written statement that the ruling has “very important implications of the ruling for public safety.” Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from Guns & Ammo Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. If you sign-up, then you acknowledge that your email address is valid, and that you have read and accept our Terms of Service Even More blogs Show More Get the Guns & Ammo Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. If you sign-up, then you acknowledge that your email address is valid, and that you have read and accept our Terms of Service 9 Awesomely Creative Ways to Kill ZombiesRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 12 issues for the low price of just $9! Subscribe!