Attorney General Frosh Joins Coalition Backing Common Sense Approach to Carrying Concealed Firearms in Public

Attorney General Frosh Joins Coalition Backing Common Sense Approach to Carrying Concealed Firearms in Public

BALTIMORE, MD (September 21, 2021) – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today joined a coalition of 19 state attorneys general in filing a amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending New York’s law regulating when individuals may obtain a license to carry firearms in public. The coalition argues that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not provide Americans with an unrestricted right to carry loaded firearms in virtually all public places, but instead, in keeping with centuries of tradition, allows states to enact policies regulating public carry that are tailored to local public safety concerns and needs. “Maryland, like many other states, has enacted common-sense gun laws that place the lives and safety of our residents first,” said Attorney General Frosh. “The Constitution embraces the right of each state to decide how best to address its needs. The gun safety laws of New York and of Maryland protect the public and reduce gun violence. Those protections are well within the authority the Constitution grants to states.” A one-size-fits-all approach to regulating public carry would take away the ability of officials, democratically elected by the people of their states, to address the unique public safety needs of their residents. In this case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, the petitioners are asking the Supreme Court to grant Americans the right to carry loaded firearms anytime, in virtually any public place – disregarding the established practice that States and local governments may regulate […]

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