Federal appeals court upholds Md. gun regulation

BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that Maryland's requirement that applicants for a permit to carry a handgun have a substantial reason is constitutional.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Thursday overturned a March 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg.

Legg found that the right to bear arms is not limited to the home and that Maryland's law was designed to minimize the number of firearms outside homes by limiting the privilege to those who could demonstrate "good reason." He said the Second Amendment and a Supreme Court decision barred the state from enforcing that provision of the law.