BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB1, a bill signed by Governor Wesley Moore, which added new restrictions on where legally licensed citizens may carry firearms for protection. staff.

They are joined by SAF Maryland Shall Issue, Firearms Policy Coalition, and three private citizens, all of whom hold “use and carry permits,” including Susan Burke of Reisterstown, Esther Rossberg of Baltimore, and Katherine Novotny of Aberdeen, for whom the lawsuit is named. . . They are represented by attorneys David H. Thompson and Peter A. Patterson of Cooper & Kirk in Washington, DC, Mark W. Pennak of Maryland Shall Issue in Baltimore, and Matthew Larosiere of Lake Worth, Fla. The lawsuit is known as Novotny vs. Moore. Appeared in the US District Court for the District of Maryland.

The defendants are Governor Moore, Harford County State’s Attorney Alison M. Healey, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott D. Schellenberger, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Ivan J. Bates, the Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith III, the Maryland State Police Superintendent. Colonel Roland L. Butler, Jr., Secretary of Transportation Paul J. Wiedefeld, and Secretary of Natural Resources Joshua Kurtz, in their official duties.

“SB1 was enacted in response to the Supreme Court ruling in New York State Pistol and Rifle Association v. bruen last year,” said SAF Founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Instead of trying to comply with the new guidelines laid out in that decision, Maryland lawmakers rushed to make gun laws more restrictive than before. In fact, the additional restrictions make it nearly impossible to legally carry firearms for personal protection, even on public land. This is government regulation at its worst.”

“There is no well-established and representative historical analogue for the carry bans included in SB1,” added SAF CEO Adam Kraut, “which appears to be in direct conflict with the Supreme Court directive set out in bruen. The new law prohibits the carrying allowed in establishments where alcohol is served, in health establishments and even in museums. These restrictions are apparently unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, forcing us to take this action in court.”

The plaintiffs seek declaratory and equitable relief, in addition to attorneys’ fees and costs.

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt legal action, research, publishing, and education group focusing on the constitutional right and inheritance to own and own guns. fire privately. Founded in 1974, the Foundation has grown to more than 720,000 members and supporters and runs many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.