Governor Larry Hogan is directing the Maryland State Police to suspend the ‘Good and Substantial Reason’ standard for wear and carry permits, one month after the Supreme Court struck down a similar standard in New York State.
The governor’s office issued the following statement, “Over the course of my administration, I have consistently supported the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms while enacting responsible and common-sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
“Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in New York law pertaining to handgun permitting that is virtually indistinguishable from Maryland law. In light of the ruling and to ensure compliance with the Constitution, I am directing the Maryland State Police to immediately suspend utilization of the ‘good and substantial reason’ standard when reviewing applications for Wear and Carry Permits. It would be unconstitutional to continue enforcing this provision in state law. There is no impact on other permitting requirements and protocols.
“Today’s action is in line with actions taken in other states in response to the recent ruling.”
Maryland State Police spokesperson Elena Russo said in a statement, “The Maryland State Police Licensing Division staff will continue to promptly investigate and approve those eligible for a wear and carry permit while ensuring those prohibited by law are not approved.”