Judge won't block new gun laws in Maryland - New York News

Judge won't block new gun laws in Maryland

Posted: Updated:
  • Judge won't block new gun laws in MarylandMore>>

  • Gun Control Across America

    Gun Control Across America

    The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has sparked a debate about gun control in America.  Read stories submitted throughout the myFOX web network to see where people stand on the issue  from across the United States.
    The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has sparked a debate about gun control in America.  Read stories submitted throughout the myFOX web network to get a sense where people and lawmakers stand on the issue from across the United States.
BALTIMORE, MD -

A federal judge in Baltimore has refused to block implementation of Maryland's new gun control law. Many assault rifles and big ammunition clips can no longer be purchased in Maryland.

After the slaughter of children at a school in Newtown, Connecticut last December, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley asked the legislature for more restrictions on gun and ammunition sales. The legislature agreed, and the new regulations are now in effect.

Gun shop owners -- and their attorneys -- came to federal court in Baltimore to complain that the new rules violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. One attorney argued that now-banned assault rifles should be available for sale so that "law abiding Marylanders" can use them in their homes for self defense.

The home-defense argument was also used in an effort to enjoin the state from forbidding the sale of large ammunition clips.

Another attorney complained that the new licensing procedures for handguns in Maryland amounted to a de facto moratorium on their purchase. The judge acknowledged that the state is currently swamped with applications, but she ruled "there is a strong public interest in upholding a... law designed to prevent tragedies such as Newtown."

On the issue of assault weapons for home defense, U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake noted that handguns are the general preference for that purpose, and shotguns would still be legally available. She said "no" to a temporary restraining order.

The plaintiffs in the case declined comment to reporters gathered at the courthouse door. But interested observers from both sides of the gun-control debate did speak.

"This law is constitutional," declared Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence. "It will save lives [and] keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others that shouldn't have them without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of anyone." DeMarco applauded the judge's denial of a TRO.

Shannon Alford, with the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, had a very different take on the judge's decision to let the new Maryland law stand: "This is not a ruling on the merits of the arguments. The fat lady hasn't sung. She hasn't even taken the stage, yet."

The judge did indicate that further arguments on the merits of the case will be scheduled. But, for now, Maryland's tough new gun law remains in effect.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NJ brush fire forces evacuations

    NJ brush fire forces evacuations

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:54:43 GMT
    A New Jersey school and several homes were evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a large brush fire that was being fanned by winds.Beachwood Intermediate South School was closed just after 12:30 p.m. Parents were told not to report to the school. The Ocean County Sheriff's Dept. said that all children were going to be safely evacuated to another location.
    A New Jersey school and several homes were evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a large brush fire that was being fanned by winds.Beachwood Intermediate South School was closed just after 12:30 p.m. Parents were told not to report to the school. The Ocean County Sheriff's Dept. said that all children were going to be safely evacuated to another location.
  • Cops swarm home after disgruntled Call of Duty gamer calls in swatting hoax

    Cops swarm home after disgruntled Call of Duty gamer calls in swatting hoax

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:05:27 GMT
    Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games.
    Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games.
  • Girl fights to bring 22-year-old prom date

    Girl fights to bring 22-year-old prom date

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:50:19 GMT
    A Connecticut teenager is appealing to her local Board of Education after school officials rejected her request to bring her 21-year-old boyfriend to her prom.
    A Connecticut teenager is appealing to her local Board of Education after school officials rejected her request to bring her 21-year-old boyfriend to her prom.

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices