No First Amendment violation in Maryland county gun safety law

A Maryland county gun safety law was upheld by the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The law required gun dealers to provide pamphlets to patrons about suicide prevention, conflict resolution and mental health. The three judge panel stated that the pamphlets did not deal with whether to purchase guns but instead were health and safety advisories so did not fun afoul of free speech protections. (Free Speech Center, January 25, 2024, by Brian White of The Associated Press)

A federal district court judge had previously ruled that the law was not designed to to restrict gun ownership but to try to mitigate the risk of suicide and violence. (The Baltimore Banner, January 23, 2024, by Royale Bonds)

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