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Supreme Court declines to review Md. handgun carry permit law

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Supreme Court will not examine Maryland's handgun permit law, leaving to stand an appeals court ruling that the state's restrictive rules for concealed-carry permits do not unconstitutionally infringe upon gun-owners' rights.

Maryland is one of a few states that follows a "may issue" standard, giving officials broad latitude to deny permits to carry a gun in public. Most states operate on a "shall issue" basis, meaning officials must give out a permit if an applicant meets certain objective criteria.

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