BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined 20 other state attorneys general in filing a brief opposing Maryland laws restricting Second Amendment gun rights.
The brief filed Wednesday in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Kolbe v. O'Malley asserts that Maryland's Firearm Safety Act of 2013 violates citizens' rights to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment by imposing a ban on the possession of commonly-used weapons.
The attorneys general contend that Maryland law must be subject to strict scrutiny because its restrictions extend to possession of a protected weapon by a law-abiding citizen for self-defense in the home.
"You know something is definitely wrong when legislatures continually try to criminalize the full exercise by Americans of their Second Amendment rights to protect themselves while at the same time decriminalizing the possession and use of drugs," Caldwell says. "These continuing and repeated assaults on our Second Amendment rights have got to stop."
West Virginia led attorneys general from, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming in filing the brief.