On June 26, 2008, the US Supreme Court ruled that a ban on handgun ownership in the District of Columbia violated the Second Amendment. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court addressed the Second Amendment directly for the first time since the 1930s. Since this ruling, the Supreme Court has also ruled in McDonald v. Chicago that the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Second Amendment applicable to the states. Other gun-related cases have been making their way through the federal courts. In March 2013, a federal appeals judge issued an opinion [PDF] upholding a Maryland law requiring applicants for a permit for "concealed carry" provide "good and substantial reason" for wanting to carry a firearm outside of the home.
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