Woollard v. Gallagher
(opposing Maryland arbitrary restrictions on obtaining concealed carry permit)

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Woollard is a Second Amendment case challenging Maryland’s “good and substantial reason” requirement for obtaining a license to carry a concealed weapon.  The district court held that the “core” of the Second Amendment applies only inside the home, and thus applied only an “intermediate scrutiny” analysis.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

CLDEF filed an amicus curiae brief in the Fourth Circuit supporting Woollard.  The Fourth Circuit ruled against Woollard.

CLDEF Amicus Curiae Brief, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (August 6, 2012)

Woollard then sought U.S. Supreme Court review.  CLDEF’s amicus curiae brief argued against the use of any balancing test to override Second Amendment rights.  Instead, our brief urged the Supreme Court to adhere to the Second Amendment standard set forth in Heller and McDonald.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari.

CLDEF Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Petition for Certiorari (August 12, 2013)

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