Supreme Court Asked to Clarify Right to Carry in Maryland, Virginia Cases

Two potentially significant Second Amendment cases seeking to clarify the right to carry firearms outside the home could come before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.

Cert petitions -- formally called "Petitions for Writ of Certiorari" -- have been filed on behalf of a Maryland man and a Virginia man asking the Supreme Court to review the decisions of lower courts that convicted them of gun possession charges they claim are in conflict with the Second Amendment, as well as the court's 2008 Heller decision and 2010 McDonald ruling.

In one legal battle, Charles F. Williams, Jr., is challenging Maryland's law requiring gun owners to have a permit in order to carry a weapon in public. The other case, Sean Masciandaro v. United States of America, could affect a federal law banning loaded firearms in national parks. Masciandaro was on Daingerfield Island in Virginia, on national park land, when he was "caught" with a loaded handgun in his trunk.