Maryland’s law requiring handgun permit applicants to demonstrate a “good and substantial reason” for carrying a weapon outside their own home or business is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a judge’s ruling that the law violated the Second Amendment.

U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg said in his March 2012 ruling that the right to bear arms is not limited to the home, and that the right of self-defense was impermissibly burdened by Maryland’s law. The appeals court said Legg’s “trailblazing pronouncement” was wrong.

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  • This ruling needs to be appealed. What constitutes a good and substantial reason is too vague. It would effectively kill all concealed carry permits. I still favor granting to anyone who is willing to take the concealed carry safety course and has no criminal record or history of mental illness. The bad guy is not concerned about stupid laws or previous instances of aggression. He picks his victim based on a random analysis of who he can overcome with the greatest ease.