Federal judge denies motion to halt new Maryland gun laws


Meredith Somers
Washington Times
Oct. 1, 2013

A federal judge on Tuesday declined to halt Maryland’s strict new gun laws while a lawsuit challenging their constitutionality goes forward.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake issued the opinion after a hearing Tuesday morning on the Firearms Safety Act of 2013. The judge said plaintiffs had months to file for a temporary restraining order which “significantly undercut” the request for fast action, and that she was not convinced they would suffer irreparable harm if the law went into effect.

“Potentially the only economic harm could be on behalf of the dealers,” Judge Blake said. “There’s a strong public interest in lessening the risk of tragedies.”

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