8/15/2010

Washington Post piece on lawsuit over denial of ability to carry a gun in Maryland

This is a nicely positive piece.

On a snowy Christmas Eve a few years ago, Raymond E. Woollard was watching television with his family when he heard someone tapping at the windows of his Baltimore County farmhouse.

It was not Santa.

At the sound of breaking glass, Woollard dashed to his bedroom for a shotgun, and the holiday evening quickly became one of the most frightening nights of his life.

There was a hand-to-hand struggle for the weapon, but Woollard, with help from his adult son, eventually subdued the 6-foot-2, 155-pound intruder at gunpoint. Then they waited for more than an hour for police to find their way, on icy back roads, to the home, about 25 miles south of the Pennsylvania border.

That night made Woollard a crime victim for the first time in his life and also one of a select few Maryland residents to receive a license to carry a concealed handgun. But to Woollard's surprise, Maryland State Police denied his request last year to renew the permit, saying they thought the danger to his life had passed.

The agency said it was "because I hadn't been attacked" again, Woollard said in an interview. "They said, 'If you have any problems, you let us know.' "

Instead, Woollard filed a federal lawsuit July 29 to get his permit back, becoming the first person to challenge Maryland's gun control laws in the wake of two landmark Supreme Court decisions that have recalibrated the battle over gun rights and opened the doors to such challenges nationwide. The first, District of Columbia v. Heller, recognized individuals' Second Amendment right to own firearms and struck down the federal city's 32-year-old ban on handguns; the second, McDonald v. Chicago, held that the right also applies to other state and local governments.

Woollard, 62, of the Hampstead area, contends that the right to bear a firearm for self-defense is so paramount that a state agency should not be able to arbitrarily deny it. . . .

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3 Comments:

Blogger David said...

Go get them!!!

If this goes well it will be another state that Illinoisans can move to to gain some freedom.

8/15/2010 6:19 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

Denial of the right to bear arms on a bureaucrat's whim. Is that due process?

8/15/2010 7:37 PM  
Blogger Brad_in_MA said...

Chas,
Yes, here in the Peoples' Republik of Massachusetts-stan, arbitrary denial on the whim of a bureaucrat is S.O.P. Do *not* get me started on this one.

8/16/2010 10:01 AM  

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