The lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association is suing to block Maryland from enacting new gun control measures that would improve requirements for obtaining concealed carry permits and restrict sensitive firearms. places including school grounds and hospitals.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Baltimore on Tuesday, hours after Maryland Governor Wes Moore signed the bills. It’s the latest clash between a gun rights group and a Democratic-led state following a June 2022 US Supreme Court decision that called several laws into question.
Maryland’s measures were intended to update the state’s gun control laws after the Supreme Court’s decision, but the NRA says the law has gotten worse.
“Through these bills, Maryland has replaced one clearly unconstitutional licensing regime with another clearly unconstitutional licensing regime,” the NRA said in the complaint. “The bills contain unconstitutional restrictions on where and how ordinary, law-abiding citizens of Maryland with a carry permit can exercise their right to carry a gun for self-defense outdoors. at home.”
There are nearly 400 million guns in private ownership in the US, which suffers from a disproportionately high rate of gun deaths, including a plague of shootings. Moore accused the NRA of ignoring the violence that results from public gun ownership.
“The NRA thinks more guns on the streets is the solution when that’s the real problem,” the governor said in a statement. “Everyone believes these common sense laws will protect Marylanders, and protect the rights of legal gun owners. We’re saving lives while they post politics.”
Everytown for Gun Safety, which promotes gun safety measures, is backed by Michael Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP.
The case is Kipke v. Moore, 23-cv-01293, US District Court, District of Maryland.
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