MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTOK) - Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall says he filed an amicus brief Monday, calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to a Maryland law that sharply limits the right of law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun outside of the home.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant joined Alabama on the amicus brief along with 19 other states, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
“The overwhelming majority of states recognize that the Second Amendment allows law-abiding citizens the right to bear arms outside their homes for self-defense,” said Marshall. “However, a handful of states have decided that citizens’ rights to possess a handgun outside their residence should apply only to when they meet certain limited criteria. In this case, a Maryland citizen was denied the fundamental right to self-defense because he failed to convince a bureaucrat that he faced some special danger to his safety."
Marshall said a few states have passed laws similar to Maryland’s that severely limit Second Amendment rights, and those laws are rightfully being challenged in federal court as unconstitutional.