In the brief, Marshall says the “courts of appeals are deeply divided and the states are in need of guidance from [the U.S. Supreme Court].” Furthermore, he argues “the Second Amendment’s guarantee is a fundamental right that extends beyond the home.”
Brian Kirk Malpasso and the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, plaintiffs in the case at hand, are challenging Maryland’s may-issue statute as an “unconstitutional burden on the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.”
“In 2008, the United States Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. By denying Maryland residents the right to bear arms by carrying a firearm, the state is clearly violating the Court’s holding in Heller.”
Alabama is joined on the amicus brief by Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. Alabama Solicitor General Edmund G. Lacour Jr. and Deputy Solicitor General A. Barrett Bowdre also joined Marshall on the brief.
The NRA also filed an amicus brief in support of the challenge, which concludes, “This Court should grant the petition to ensure that this Court’s clear and consistent Second Amendment teachings are faithfully applied by the lower federal courts in the context of carrying arms for self-defense in case of confrontation outside the home and to ensure that the constitutional rights of Maryland – and all American – citizens are protected.”
Maryland Shall Issue (MSI) applauded the NRA’s decision and said, “it is well past due time that the State of Maryland join each of its immediate neighbors and an overwhelming majority of the country in observing that the people have the natural and civil right to self-defense beyond their doorsteps. MSI will continue monitor this suit as it develops and offers its full support to the challenger and the NRA.”