FPC Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Lawsuit Challenging Onerous Maryland Carry Restrictions

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BALTIMORE, MD (May 25, 2023) – Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced today that it has filed a motion for preliminary injunction in its lawsuit challenging multiple elements of Maryland’s Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) restrictions on the peaceable carry of firearms outside the home. The motion in Novotny v. Moore, along with other case documents, are available at FPCLaw.org.

“SB 1 dramatically restricts the locations where persons with Maryland wear and carry permits may legally exercise their constitutional right to bear arms. It does so in ways that are fundamentally inconsistent with the Second Amendment,” argues the motion. “And many of the new restrictions especially disrupt Marylanders’ ability to go about their day-to-day lives while exercising their right to bear arms, whether running errands, taking a loved one to a health care facility, or going out to dinner.”

“The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are grounded in history, as the Supreme Court has made clear; but Maryland’s newfound barriers to peaceable carry are not,” said Cody J. Wisniewski, FPC Action Foundation’s Senior Attorney for Constitutional Litigation. “Because Maryland cannot point to any historical justification to support its law, we’re confident the Court will agree that it is unconstitutional.”

FPC is joined in the litigation by Maryland Shall Issue and the Second Amendment Foundation.

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Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org), a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty, defend constitutional rights, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom. FPC’s efforts are focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and adjacent issues including freedom of speech, due process, unlawful searches and seizures, separation of powers, asset forfeitures, privacy, encryption, and limited government. The FPC team are next-generation advocates working to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives through litigation, research, scholarly publications, amicus briefing, legislative and regulatory action, grassroots activism, education, outreach, and other programs. 

FPC Law (FPCLaw.org) is the nation’s first and largest public interest legal team focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the leader in the Second Amendment litigation and research space.

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