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NRA Supports Successful Maryland Plaintiffs

Friday, June 21, 2013

Ends Unlawful Delays in Purchasing Firearms

Fairfax, Va. –Plaintiffs in Maryland, supported by the National Rifle Association, will successfully be concluding a lawsuit against the Maryland State Police. Law-abiding Marylanders were waiting months to obtain firearms they had purchased for self-defense, a clear infringement of their fundamental Second Amendment rights. Several of these individuals who were purchasing firearms for self-defense – as well as the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, and Maryland Shall Issue – filed suit in state court with support from the NRA to mandate the State of Maryland stop violating the fundamental Right to Keep and Bear Arms of its citizens.

"The law-abiding citizens of Maryland have won a major victory for their God-given right of self-defense," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. "It is clear that no state can deny or delay the fundamental rights of law-abiding citizens. We will keep fighting until the State of Maryland fully protects the Second Amendment rights of its citizens."

The lawsuit will be victoriously withdrawn because the Maryland State Police offered a sworn statement that they will ensure that applications to purchase a firearm are processed within the seven days required by law. The State of Maryland has also declared that if the state police do not process an application, the firearm is allowed to be transferred after the seven-day waiting period. These binding legal statements represent a new policy that will significantly improve the process for a law-abiding citizen to purchase a firearm.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.