Constitutional lawyers said Tuesday that a recent federal court decision overturning a portion of Maryland's gun-control law will likely be upheld on appeal and called the ruling groundbreaking given the liberalism of the state from which it came.
The decision, made public Monday, relaxed state requirements for carrying a gun and broadly interpreted the Second Amendment's "right to bear arms" as extending beyond the home. The analysis surprised some, who were used to seeing states like Maryland, which has a restrictive approach to gun rights, limit firearm use and possession.
"The idea here is that if this is a constitutional right, like all the other constitutional rights, then you shouldn't need the government's permission to exercise it," - Randy E. Barrett, professor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington.
"The reason there are very few rulings like this is because there are very few states like Maryland ... that would ever impose [such a restrictive rule]" - Michael I. Krauss, professor at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va.