Judge Legg Lifts Stay in Woollard Case

Judge Benson Everett Legg

It is self-evident, as the Fourth Circuit has noted, that “[s]urely, upholding constitutional rights serves the public interest.”

– Judge Legg

I am currently sitting in a hotel room after spending an exhausting day taking day one of the Virginia Bar Exam.

I had planned to do a few more practice problems  tonight and get to bed early but I am very happy to announce that I had to write this article first.

Judge Legg has issued an order lifting his temporary stay of the ruling in Woollard v. Sheridan effective 14 days from today!

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In a memorandum released along with the order, he lays out his analysis.

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I will do a more detailed review of the impact of this order after I have put the second day of the Bar Exam behind me but I want to be one of the first ones to say …

Congratulations Maryland!  Welcome to the new normal!

NOTE:  For more information on what this means for Maryland permit applicants, see my earlier articles on the topic.

About John Pierce

Monachus Lex is written by Virginia attorney John Pierce. John is a life-long gun rights advocate, an NRA certified instructor and co-founder of the nationwide gun rights group OpenCarry.org.

He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems, an MBA from George Mason University and is a 2012 Honors Graduate of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN.

Professionally, John is a member of the American Bar Association Second Amendment Civil Rights Litigation Subcommittee and his writings have been published by the ABA Civil Rights Litigation Committee and the ABA Minority Trial Lawyer Committee.

In addition, his open carry advocacy has been featured on Nightline and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
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1 Response to Judge Legg Lifts Stay in Woollard Case

  1. Grape says:

    Hurray! Great news.

    From Judge Legg’s Memorandum:

    “[a]lthough considerable uncertainty exists regarding the scope of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, it undoubtedly is not limited to the confines of the home.”

    “As the Court discussed in its summary judgment opinion, there are substantial similarities between the First and Second Amendments, and the analogy is appropriate here as well.”

    Some well directed thinking here. Also think that maybe the door to open carry has been widened.

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