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Following Court Ruling, Maryland Expands Concealed Weapon Permits

The Supreme Court’s newly assertive conservative majority struck down New York state limits on the carrying of concealed handguns outside the home. Last week, the Court overturned other rulings that upheld other restrictions in Maryland, New Jersey and California.

New York lawmakers moved quickly to put in place further restrictions.

Mr. Hogan, a Republican considered a possible presidential candidate in 2024, said the decisions forced him to reconsider licensing requirements in his state.

“It would be unconstitutional to continue to apply this provision of state law,” he said in a statement.

Hogan said he ordered state police to suspend the “good and substantial reason” provision for obtaining a concealed carry permit, which requires applicants to show a legitimate reason for carrying a weapon in public, such as facing threats or being a law enforcement officer.

Mr. Hogan’s directive does not change the other criteria, which prevent people who have served more than a year in prison or those who are considered to be at risk of violence or instability from receiving a permit. People between the ages of 18 and 21 can only receive a permit if their job requires it.

Mr Hogan’s announcement comes a day after a shooting during a July 4 parade left six dead and dozens injured in Highland Park, Illinois.

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