BALTIMORE, MD (September 29, 2023) – Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced today that United States District Court Judge George L. Russell, III has issued a preliminary injunction against Maryland’s ban on firearm carry in locations selling alcohol, private buildings or property without the owner’s consent, and within 1,000 feet of a public demonstration. The opinion in Novotny v. Moore can be viewed at FPCLaw.org.
“As for the other statutes cited by State Defendants, they are not similar to SB 1’s restriction on locations selling alcohol because they do not impose a ‘comparable burden on the right of armed self-defense,’” explained Judge Russell in his order. “Those historical statutes prevented only intoxicated individuals from carrying firearms, while SB 1 bans all people present at locations selling alcohol from carrying.”
“We’re elated that the Court has seen the error of Maryland’s ways and has prevented the state from enforcing certain provisions of its law prohibiting peaceable carry permit holders from carrying their arms in a vast number of locations around the state,” said Cody J. Wisniewski, FPC Action Foundation’s General Counsel and Vice President of Legal, and FPC’s counsel. “Of course, the Court did not grant our motion in full, and is allowing the state to enforce restrictions on some locations that still do not fall within our Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation. On that front, FPC is evaluating its next steps.”
FPC is joined in the litigation by Maryland Shall Issue and the Second Amendment Foundation.
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