Chalk up another win for Alan Gura. Judge Benson Everett Legg issued an order that was published today granting the Motion for Summary Judgment in favor of Raymond Woollard. From the Opinion:
The Court finds that Maryland‘s requirement of a ―good and substantial reason‖ for issuance of a handgun permit is insufficiently tailored to the State‘s interest in public safety and crime prevention. The law impermissibly infringes the right to keep and bear arms, guaranteed by the Second Amendment. The Court will, by separate Order of even date, GRANT Woollard‘s Motion for Summary Judgment and DENY Defendants‘ Motion for Summary Judgment.
From the Order:
For the reasons set forth in the accompanying Memorandum of even date, it is, this 2nd day of March, 2012, hereby ORDERED as follows:
1. Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment (Docket No. 21) is hereby GRANTED,
2. Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (Docket No. 25) is hereby DENIED,
3. Plaintiffs’ prior Motion for Summary Judgment (Docket No. 12) is DENIED AS MOOT, and
4. The Clerk is directed to CLOSE the case.
As soon as I can read the Opinion, I will post on the details. In the meantime, Raymond Woollard wins -as does everyone in the State of Maryland.