2A Updates: Federal Appeals Court to rehear arguments on constitutionality of Maryland HQL law

11 January 2024- The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today granted Maryland’s petition for rehearing en banc in the case of Maryland Shall Issue v. Wes Moore. That case, which had previously determined that the state’s Handgun Qualification License was unconstitutional, will now be reheard.

The ruling means that the full appellate court will reconsider the November ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that Maryland’s law requiring most citizens to obtain a license before acquiring a handgun was unconstitutional.  The Office of the Attorney General filed the petition requesting the rehearing en banc last month.   

“The ongoing gun violence plaguing our streets and our communities continues to take innocent lives and tear families apart,” said Attorney General Brown. “I welcome the court’s decision to rehear this case and will continue to defend common-sense gun laws to protect Marylanders from these unnecessary and very preventable tragedies. Hopes and wishes do not take guns off our streets, but common-sense gun safety laws do.”