Supreme Court Might Uphold Gun Law in Question After Bruen Decision

The Bruen decision from 2022 struck down a number of gun prohibitions across the country, but the Supreme Court might reinstate one restriction this session.

According to an article by The Daily Record, last Tuesday the Supreme Court appeared willing to uphold a law that keeps individuals with domestic violence restraining orders from owning or possessing guns. The current lower court decision that the Supreme Court is weighing in U.S. v. Rahimi, was called into question after the 2022 ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen. As previously covered on Conduit Street, this was the ruling that also struck down a number of gun regulating statutes in dozens of states including Maryland. A decision on U.S. v. Rahimi, will likely not come until mid-June of 2024.

From the article:

Liberal and conservative justices sounded persuaded by arguments from the Biden administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer that the prohibition is in line with the longstanding practice of disarming dangerous people.

Just this past legislative session, the General Assembly made the required change from Bruen to remove language in Maryland gun laws requiring a “good and substantial reason” for individuals applying for “wear and carry” permits for firearms. In the process of repealing that language, lawmakers made an effort to tighten measures concerning where guns could be carried by an individual in Maryland, most of which went into effect this October. Gun laws have been on the minds of many local and state policymakers over the past couple years in Maryland, including a number of counties currently defending local statutes. Additional rulings will continue to shape this debate in the coming legislative session.