Court Decision in Gun Safety Education Case

In the August 2023 MPS News, Dr. Vidal wrote about the MPS Council decision to sign on to an amicus brief in a case brought by Maryland Shall Issue against Anne Arundel County.  Following the Capital Gazette shooting, the County Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring that gun stores hand out information pamphlets about suicide risk factors and non-violent conflict resolution.  On January 23, a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that the County requirement does not violate the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and that the requirement was a constitutional public health and safety advisory under U.S. Supreme Court precedent governing compelled commercial speech.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman thanked the MPS and others who joined in the effort to address gun violence on behalf of the county.  For more information, see reporting by Annapolis Patch and WYPR, among others.