This week, GOA and its foundation filed an amicus
brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of striking down
Maryland’s ban on the carrying of handguns by ordinary citizens unless
they first demonstrate a “good and substantial reason” to law
While the federal district court
in Maryland had decided the case in Raymond Woollard’s favor, the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed that decision, using a
“balancing test” to come to conclude that Maryland may override the
Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in the name of public
Both lower courts used a
judicially-created balancing test, coming to opposite conclusions, thus
demonstrating the illegitimacy of subjective, judge-made tests.
GOA’s position is simple: the
Founding Fathers determined that Americans have the right to bear arms
both inside the home and out, regardless of how “compelling” the state’s
desire to infringe their right.
As the Supreme Court ruled in the Heller case, the Second Amendment means what it says -- the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Our brief in Woollard v. Gallagher
reminds the Court of the absolute nature of the right, leaving no room
for federal judges to “balance” away the guarantee, no matter how strict
or loose the test may be.
This case was not a previously budgeted item for GOF, so any support that you can lend will tremendously help.
Gun Owners Foundation exists to
protect gun owners around the country from overzealous prosecutors and
to use the ensuing legal challenges as opportunities to strike down