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Supreme Court Rejects Gun Control Case

Man convicted for carrying gun without permit
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2011 2:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Supreme Court has opted not to hear a case on the right to carry a gun outside the home, Reuters reports. Maryland’s top court upheld a state law requiring a permit to carry a handgun outside of home; the federal justices’ refusal of the case means the state’s decision stands. In 2008, justices ruled that the Second Amendment allowed the use of guns at home for lawful purposes.

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The new case centered on a man’s conviction for carrying a gun in Maryland without a permit. Charles Williams was taking a gun from his girlfriend’s house to his own house when a police officer stopped him. He was convicted for carrying the gun without a permit and sentenced to three years in jail plus probation. In his appeal, Williams’ lawyer said the right to carry a gun extended beyond one’s home; a state attorney said state law protected that right but requires a permit. (Read more gun rights stories.)

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