A huge victory for gun advocates -- a federal judge ruled that Maryland's restrictive gun-carrying law is unconstitutional.
The state has a rule that said that anyone who applies for a permit to carry a gun has to have a "good and substantial reason" to be allowed to carry a weapon.
The Baltimore Sun reported that in a ruling made public on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Benson E. Legg said the requirement "impermissibly infringes the right to keep and bear arms," as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
"A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted to exercise his rights," Legg wrote. "The right's existence is all the reason he needs."
Maryland's attorney general vowed to appeal the ruling and request a stay of its implementation.
Gun control supporters were outraged by the decision.
"Maryland's law is completely reasonable, and to hold that the Constitution does not allow Maryland to make that reasonable decision, we think, is not supported by the case law," said Jonathan Lowy, director of the Brady Center's Legal Action Project, which submitted a brief in the case.
He added that the ruling "would be a very dangerous precedent to remain on the books. We hope and expect it to be reversed."