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Call v. Jones


Defending Maryland’s “good cause” public carry regime.

Court: U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Issue at Stake: Public carrying of firearms outside the home

Summary: Everytown submitted this amicus brief in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, urging the federal  court to reject a gun-lobby challenge to Maryland’s system for regulating the carrying of firearms in public. Everytown’s brief explains that Maryland’s requirement that an applicant have a “good and substantial reason” to obtain a permit to carry a firearm in public is consistent with centuries of Anglo-American history—and thus, for that reason by itself, constitutional under the Second Amendment.

Decision: Relying on its prior binding precedent in Woollard v. Gallagher, 712 F.3d 865 (4th Cir. 2013), on March 19, 2021, the district court rejected plaintiffs’ Second Amendment challenge to Maryland’s firearms public-carry law. And, because it was “obligated to dismiss the case,” the district court also denied all motions to file amicus briefs.

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