A federal judge in Maryland has ruled that state residents do not need a good reason to carry a handgun anywhere in Maryland, declaring a key provision of the state’s gun-control laws unconstitutional. If upheld, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg’s opinion means you can carry around a loaded gun in Maryland, but a marijuana joint will still put you in jail.
Second amendment activists won a huge victory when Judge Legg ruled that they no longer needed to show a “good reason” to carry a gun outside the home – or any reason at all. The court ruled that the good reason requirement violated that right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
Too bad marijuana users don’t have the same rights in Maryland, where possession of any amount of pot is still a serious criminal offense. If a citizen is stopped by the police with a loaded semi-automatic hand gun and a joint in his pocket, guess which one is going to send him to jail?