A U.S. Court of appeals has declared that the licensing requirements for Maryland statesmen wishing to purchase handguns are unconstitutional. This decision came on Tuesday.
During the verdict, the judge cited a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. This decision came last year and caused an expansion of gun rights.
A group of three judges from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, enforced the judgment. The decision passed with a 2-1 vote. It stopped the 2013 Maryland law from coming into force.
This law had made it necessary for people to get training and background checks before applying to buy handguns. The judges said this law went against the right to “keep and bear arms”. This right is guaranteed in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The Supreme Court’s decision in 2022, from the case “New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v Bruen,” was the citation. It said that gun laws need to match America’s history. The government has always regulated guns in a manner that upheld the Second Amendment.
“Maryland has not shown that this regime is consistent with our nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation,” said Julius Richardson, a U.S. Circuit Judge.
He was appointed by former Republican President, Mr. Donald Trump.