Friday, March 18, 2005

No Gun Show In Montgomery County, Maryland

I just read about a gun show operator that was told he lacked legal standing to challenge a Montgomery County, Maryland law which denies funding to public venues which display or sell firearms. A three judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals reversed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis in Baltimore. Garbis had ruled in favor of Frank Krasner Enterprises and gun show exhibitor RSM. Krasner had leased space to hold gun shows at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg. That was before the council barred financial aid to facilities that display or sell firearms in 2001. The AG Center had received over $5000,000 in a ten year period. The Center told Krasner he could no longer hold gun shows there due to the new law. An appeals court ruling said Krasner and RSM Inc. cannot sue because they are only indirectly affected by the law. The Center was directly affected but they were not a party to the suit. I don't quite understand how it is that they are not directly affected. This ruling will affect their income.

I wonder how the citizens of Montgomery County feel about losing their gun show? I assume the council members are elected officials. If I'm right about this maybe the citizens will let them know what they think when the next election rolls around.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

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