Welcome to Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club!

Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. was chartered by the NRA in 1943.  We are a charter member of the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc (AGC).  Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club is also affiliated with the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Cost for club membership is currently $40 per year.

Members of Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club who purchase AGC range badges are authorized to use all of the AGC Ranges and other facilities.   You can click here to learn more about the AGC Ranges.  The AGC Ranges are located at 11518 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Club meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 7:00 P.M. at the Marriottsville Trap Range.  

We encourage all of our members to get involved with club activities and we strive to provide activities that meet the diverse interests of our members.  Monthly club shoots and instructional programs are held on the first or second Saturday and the second or third Sunday of each month from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Marriottsville Range. Prospective members and guests are always welcome to attend our club-sponsored events.

We have a very active program for Junior shooters.  We shoot at the indoor air rifle range during the winter months and we use the Barnes range at Marriottsville for small bore shoots during the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Club Mailing Address
Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club
P.O. Box 69
Simpsonville, MD 21150-0069

Update on Maryland Gun Bills

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

I received and have pasted the latest information from Maryland Shall Issue (MSI), about the current gun bills in Annapolis. If we don’t participate in the process, our rights will continue to be infringed upon. I urge you to go to the MSI website and read the bills, then contact your elected representatives in the Maryland House and Senate. It would be best to make an appointment and meet with them. If you are not able to do that, please call their office and ask to speak to the representative or their Chief of Staff. If you are able to come down to Annapolis for the hearings it would help to be there to show the flag, but we only got 90 seconds to testify in the House Hearings, so its better to reach out to them by meeting with or speaking to over the phone. If you are not able to do any of these things, please at least send them an email letting them know specifically how the bill would have a negative impact on you and your family.

I hope to see you at the Senate Hearings on February 5th.

Thank you,

Rob Cowan
President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

Updates and Upcoming Testimony Days in Annapolis

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Annapolis Gun Bill Updates and More!
1. Upcoming Bills
2. Bills Already Heard
3. What to Do Next
4. Rapid Fire Trigger Activator Suit Being Heard before the Fourth Circuit 1/29 in Richmond, VA.
5. Upcoming Gun Shows

The machine keeps on rolling as next week brings on the 3rd series of gun bills being heard in the Maryland General Assembly. So far we’ve seen bills that criminalize private transfers and loans of long guns, would have the State Police study the viability of adding GPS tracking to current and new firearms, exempt some members of law enforcement from certain HQL requirements, and impose an additional ban on Anderson Manufacturing rifles. The General Assembly is not even close to being finished. Gun owners need to step up once again to make their voices heard.

1. Upcoming Bills and Testimony
The trend of testimony on gun-related bills are being heard in different committees at the same time continues and it has had the obvious (and probably intended) affect of limiting the ability of MSI and others to testify on these bills. It is thus imperative the lawmakers hear and see you speak on how these bills affect you personally. We recommend you arrive early to sign up to testify and submit written testimony on the bills you’re taking positions on. FIND THE COMMITTEE GUIDELINES HERE. (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/Pubs-Current/CommitteeWitnessGuidelines.pdf)
We also have a handy guide on suggested practices for how to testify here (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/166-tips-testimony-mga) .

As always, take some time to communicate your concerns on the bills as appropriate with your representatives. You can find them here. (https://maryland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=177afa87a67746a4ac5496b2d0897fb7) Try to meet with your representative personally, either in Annapolis or in the representative’s district office. By far, that is the most effective means of communication.

Wednesday, January 29th
House Judiciary Committee – 1pm Room 100, House Office Building
HB73 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0073?ys=2020RS) – Firearms – Right to Purchase, Own, Possess, and Carry – Medical Cannabis
MSI Testimony (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/201-mdga2020-information-only-testimony-for-sb179-and-hb73)
Would essentially have the Maryland State Police look the other way in regard to gun owners who use medical cannabis and not use that status to deny their ability to buy, have, and carry firearms. This bill would put the state at odds with Federal law which would remain controlling and might mislead folks into thinking that medical marijuana is ok under federal law. It is not as any use of marijuana makes a person into a prohibited person under federal law and that makes it legally impossible to buy a firearm from a FFL. We are providing information only on this bill.

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – 1pm Room 2, East Miller Senate Office Building
SB156 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0156?ys=2020RS) and SB327 (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/202-2020-mdga-testimony-in-support-with-amendments-to-hb47-sb156-and-hb265) – Handgun Qualification License – Training Requirement – Exemption
MSI Testimony (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/202-2020-mdga-testimony-in-support-with-amendments-to-hb47-sb156-and-hb265)
This bill and its counterparts seek to exempt law enforcement members who reside in MD, but work in our adjacent states from the HQL training requirement. Those law enforcement officers who live and work as law enforcement officers in MD are already exempt. We support with amendments.

SB179 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0179?ys=2020RS) –
Firearms – Right to Purchase, Possess, and Carry – Use of Medical Cannabis
MSI Testimony (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/201-mdga2020-information-only-testimony-for-sb179-and-hb73)
This bill is very similar to HB73 and we are likewise submitting Information Only testimony.

Thursday, January 30th
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – 1pm Room 2, East Miller Senate Office Building

SB198 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0198?ys=2020RS) – Public Safety – Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun – Qualifications
MSI Testimony (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/203-2020-mdga-testimony-in-support-of-sb198)
SB198 would add "self-protection" or "self-defense" as a basis for satisfying the "Good and Substantial reason" for issuance of a Wear and Carry Permit. The bill would not affect the other requirements (training, background checks, etc…) that go with the application process. Being able to carry a handgun for your personal defense is your right and the longer the Maryland General Assembly remains ignorant to that right, the sooner they’re likely to face a potential court ruling (Malpasso, Rogers, Gould, Whalen, etc…) that forces a reckoning. We enthusiastically support this bill.

Wednesday, February 5th
House Judiciary Committee – 2pm Room 100, House Office Building

HB265 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0265?ys=2020RS) – Handgun Qualification License – Training Requirement – Exemption
MSI Testimony (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/202-2020-mdga-testimony-in-support-with-amendments-to-hb47-sb156-and-hb265)
This is the House crossfile of SB156. For the reason listed above, we support with Amendments.

HB302 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0302?ys=2020RS) – Criminal Law – Deadly Weapons on School Property – Nonpublic Schools (No Weapons on Nonpublic School Property Act)
MSI Testimony (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/206-mdga-2020-testimony-in-opposition-to-hb302)
This bill seeks to extend the ban on firearms and weapons that currently exist for public school property to NON-public school property. Private institutions would lose their ability to decide and enforce gun policies as they see fit. We have already received letters from private schools who are alarmed that the bill would gut their ability to protect their properties, personnel, and most importantly, students. We oppose.

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee – 1pm Room 2, East Miller Senate Office Building

SB208 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0208?ys=2020RS) – Public Safety – Rifles and Shotguns – Secondary Transactions
MSI Testimony (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/197-2020-mdga-testimony-in-opposition-to-hb4)
This is the Senate crossfile of HB4. For the reasons listed in our testimony and in the blurb on HB4 below, we oppose.

2. Bills Already Heard

HB4 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0004?ys=2020RS) – Rifles and Shotguns – Secondary Transactions
MSI Testimony (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/197-2020-mdga-testimony-in-opposition-to-hb4)
Hearing Video (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Committees/Media/false?cmte=jud&ys=2020RS&clip=JUD_1_15_2020_meeting_1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmgahouse.maryland.gov%2Fmga%2Fplay%2F477386b1-fd07-4498-aa91-e4a4d0fa4ed3%2F%3Fcatalog%2F03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c%26playfrom%3D35000)
Would criminalize the private sale, transfer, and loans of long guns without having a participating FFL facilitate a background check. The dealer is free to charge a "reasonable fee," and the cost is yours to bear. Our testimony details 14 pages of problems with this bill. Yet, our political masters don’t seem to care one whit. We Oppose.

HB35 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0035?ys=2020RS) – Firearms Telematics – Study
MSI Testimony (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/200-2020-mdga-testimony-in-opposition-to-sb35)
Hearing Video (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0035?ys=2020RS)
Would have the Maryland State Police study the viability of using GPS tracking devices with firearms to track "lost or stolen" arms. This would include the possibility of attaching such devices to arms in circulation. This bill wants to fund a study of what would be a gross violation of the Fourth Amendment under controlling Supreme Court precedent. We oppose.

HB47 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0047?ys=2020RS) – Public Safety – Handgun Qualification License – Training Exemption
MSI Testimony Hearing Video (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Committees/Media/false?cmte=jud&ys=2020RS&clip=JUD_1_22_2020_meeting_2&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmgahouse.maryland.gov%2Fmga%2Fplay%2Fe38639b4-64ed-4309-b0f7-0b1226d49d74%2F%3Fcatalog%2F03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c%26playfrom%3D1708000)
Similar to SB156. We support with amendment.

SB39 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0039?ys=2020RS) – Public Safety – Regulated Firearm – Definition
MSI Testimony (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/198-2020-mdga-testimony-in-opposition-to-sb39)
Hearing Video (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Committees/Media/false?cmte=jpr&ys=2020RS&clip=JPR_1_15_2020_meeting_1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmgahouse.maryland.gov%2Fmga%2Fplay%2F7cb24759-6170-49dc-bba5-abc88046ae0c%2F%3Fcatalog%2F03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c%26playfrom%3D4269000)
Would ban the possession and constitute a takings of AR15 rifles chambered in .300 Blackout that were obtained after 10/01/2013. We oppose.

SB43 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0043?ys=2020RS) – Licensing – Fingerprint Requirement
Hearing Video (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Committees/Media/false?cmte=ehe&ys=2020RS&clip=EHE_1_22_2020_meeting_1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmgahouse.maryland.gov%2Fmga%2Fplay%2F9472ab2d-0cdd-425b-8165-d23decfc8df0%2F%3Fcatalog%2F03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c%26playfrom%3D6363000)
Would make it so that someone who would need to provide Livescan fingerprints in Maryland wouldn’t if they already have done so for another purpose. For example, if you needed your prints for a Wear and Carry Permit application, but had already provided them for your HQL, you’d not have to provide them again because the State already has them on file. We support.

3. What to Do Next
We urge you to let your friends, family, and other supporters of the right to keep and bear arms know what’s happening in Annapolis. Reach out to your legislators to make your concerns known (their contacts are here (https://maryland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=177afa87a67746a4ac5496b2d0897fb7) ). More bills will continue to be submitted in the coming weeks and we will be keeping you aware of them. Though the hearing schedules have been made difficult for many, it’s no less important that your voice is heard. MSI will continue to be present in Annapolis throughout session and we welcome all of our members and others to participate in any capacity they can.

4. Rapid Fire Trigger Activator (bump stocks, etc…) Suit Being Heard on 1/29 in Richmond, VA.
Argument in Maryland Shall Issue v Hogan (No. 18-2474) will be argued on January 29th before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. You can see an outline of developments in this case here (https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/3632/maryland-shall-issue-inc-v-lawrence-hogan/?filed_after=&filed_before=&entry_gte=&entry_lte=ℴ_by=desc) .

5. Upcoming Gun Shows
Volunteers are needed for the next four weekends! MSI will have tables at gun shows for the last weekend in January and the first three weekends in February. They range from Frederick and Howard counties, up to Bel Air and down to Chantilly in Virginia.
One of them should be geographically convenient for you and we’d be honored to have you. Pick your favorite show and sign up for a shift (or two!)

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ARPC 2 Gun Event Canceled 25 JAN 2020

Members,

Due to 100% chance of rain all Saturday morning, we are canceling our 2 Gun event. There is an AGC Action shooting 3 Gun, Sunday 9 Feb (registration required) and our ARPC 2 Gun 22 Feb.

Enjoy your weekend.

ARPC XO

2 Gun Action Event, 25 Jan 2020

Members,

We will be conducting a 2 Gun practical fun shoot this Saturday from 0900 to 1300ish hrs. I’ll be at the club shed around 0800 to grab targets. We will be setting up 2 bays This will be an informal event. No registration required. However, the safety brief will be at 0900. Everyone requires a safety brief or you won’t be allow to participate. Full coverage eye protection is required and non negotiable. Polycarbonate and/or glass prescription eye wear does not provide adequate frontal or side impact protection. Bring your favorite ear protection.

Bring your cased firearms to the bays or load your shooting carts at your car. Park anywhere in the gravel across from the shooting bays. Try to park close together so everyone can fit in the parking area.

Guns:
AR rifle in .223 or 5.56 only (no green tip, tracer, or armor piercing ammo. Bi-metal ammo is ok)
Semi-auto pistol in 9, 40, or 45
Plan to run the stages multiple times. Each stage is about 10 -15 rifle rounds and 30 pistol rounds.

Gear:
Holster with mag holders of some sort (no dump tables for pistols) Rifle Sling required (no dump barrels for rifles)
2 mags per gun minimum
Gloves to move steel

If anyone needs the practical portion of the AGC holster cert, we will be able to conduct that as well during or at the end of the event depending on how many folks attend.

Weather call will be on Friday. It looks to be rainy on Saturday. So there is a high likelihood of event cancellation due to the bays being muddy.

ARPC XO

The Bust Fest is still on! AGC calendar is wrong

For some reason a lot of events were canceled on the AGC calendar today. We are good to go. We are on trap 4

Thank you
Rob

Reminder: Bust Fest Sunday, January 19, 2020 on Trap 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

We are having a Bust Fest Trap Shoot on Sunday, January 19, 2020 on Trap 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This is a very popular event. We throw one or two clays out for each shooter. We pull them as fast as you call them. Bring a box of clays or $15 towards a box of clays from the AGC and shoot all day. Ammo Requirements are: Target loads that are #7.5, #8 or #9 shot with a velocity of 1200 Feet Per Second (FPS) or less.

Come out and have a lot of fun.

Thanks,

Rob

Saturday Evening Trap League

Saturday Evening Trap League

The Saturday Evening Trap League will be starting its 2020 season on March 7th. The League is hosted by Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club and boasts a membership representing 15 AGC Clubs. Because this is an after-hours event, only AGC card holders, or immediate family members thereof (i.e. wife, son or daughter), and active Junior members of an AGC affiliated club are allowed to compete.

This is a unique opportunity to participate in a formal trap event. By virtue of the Lewis Class scoring system, which is used to determine final standings, the League is handicapped so that shooters are competing against individuals of equal ability. The evening hours generally prove to be nice temperature wise and the floodlights are used at dusk.

Specifics are:

  • The League generally competes the first Saturday of every month from March through October, inclusive. To avoid the July 4th and Labor Day weekends, competitions are held on the second Saturday in July and September. Check the Club or AGC Calendar for exact dates.

  • Check-in is at 5:15pm on Trap #3 and shooting begins at 6pm.

  • The course of fire each month consists of two rounds of trap and your total number of hits constitute your monthly score.

  • Your end-of-season score is the total of your four best monthly scores.

  • Monthly costs, to cover the birds, are $8 for AGC members, $12 for immediate family members, and $6 for Juniors (trap tickets will be accepted).

  • There is a onetime non-refundable $15 entry fee that goes into the prize fund.

  • End-of-year prizes are given out based on the Lewis Class scoring system; the rule of ‘one class for every six shooters’ will prevail.

  • 1st and 2nd place prizes are awarded in each class (have roughly a one in three chance of winning).

  • An individual is allowed to enter the League at any time, but must compete a minimum of four months to be eligible for end-of-year prizes.

If you would like to participate please contact Richard Durant at nabalab@comcast.net

The 92Q radio show interview of Kathi Harrison, President of MD 10th Calvary was taped at 7:30 p.m. , but will be aired at 8:30 this evening!!!

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, Kathi Harrison, President of AGC Club, Maryland 10th Calvary is going to be a guest on Radio Station 92Q at 7:30 p.m. She will be discussing gun ownership in Maryland. It is a tremendous opportunity to inform the public about gun ownership in Maryland.

Thanks,

Rob

Thursday, January 16, 2020, Kathi Harrison, President of AGC Club, Maryland 10th Calvary is going to be a guest on Radio Station 92Q FM at 7:30 p.m.

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, Kathi Harrison, President of AGC Club, Maryland 10th Calvary is going to be a guest on Radio Station 92Q at 7:30 p.m. She will be discussing gun ownership in Maryland. It is a tremendous opportunity to inform the public about gun ownership in Maryland.

Thank you,

Rob Cowan
President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

Update on the hearing for HB 4, SB 39 and SB55

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

I received a better analysis of the upcoming anti-gun bills in Annapolis from Maryland Shall Issue. Please read this. We will be a carpool leaving at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday from the East Lot of the Broken Land Parkway Park and Ride near Route 32. It is a short distance from Rt. 32 and I-95.

Please contact your State Delegate and State Senators office about these bills. We need a good showing at the hearings. Please come out and show your support.

Thank you,

Rob Cowan
President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

The first gun bills of the 2020 Legislative Session are being heard on Wednesday, 1/15

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Support Virginia Gun Owners
There is a lot happening. First, the Maryland Assembly has convened and the gun grabbers have wasted no time in pushing their agenda to criminalize innocent gun owners. Second, Virginia gun owners are likewise under attack in the Virginia legislature. For MSI members and others who reside in Virginia, it is urgent that you act to support grass organizations in Virginia to protect your rights. More on that below.

The Maryland General Assembly is off and running:

The first three gun bills of the 2020 Legislative Session are being heard in Annapolis this Wednesday, 1/15. MSI OPPOSES all three bills being heard that day. Not by accident, these bills are scheduled for the same day and same time in both the Senate and the House Committees, thereby making it as difficult as possible for individuals to testify on all three bills. We encourage all supporters of the right to keep and bear arms to be there to speak in opposition to these bills. ARRIVE EARLY. A copy of each of these bills can be found on the MSI Bill Tracker, along with other pertinent information. The Bill Tracker can be found here. (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/bill-tracker)

House Bill 4 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0004?ys=2020RS) – House Judiciary 1pm – Sponsored by Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Members/Details/atterbeary01) (D. Howard County), this bill would criminalizes the private loan or transfer of long guns between two people. This is an horrendous bill that will criminalize innocent loans of ordinary long guns between law-abiding citizens. Our written testimony in opposition is currently posed here (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/documents/summary/4-public-documents/189-2020-mga-msi-testimony-on-hb4) . Your testimony on this bill is urgently necessary as this bill, if it becomes law, will turn thousands of gun owners into criminals for completely innocent loans of ordinary rifles and shotguns. Such a loan is punishable under this bill with FIVE YEARS imprisonment.

Senate Bill 39 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0039?ys=2020RS) – Senate Judicial Proceedings 1pm – Sponsored by Senator Jeff Waldstreicher (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Members/Details/waldstreicher1) (D. Montgomery County), this bill would criminalizes the possession of Anderson Manufacturing AM-15 rifles chambered in .223 and .300 Blackout retroactively to October 1, 2013. Offers no "grandfathering" or just compensation for the takings of those rifles. The bill is an utterly misinformed attempt to ban a rifle because a .223 pistol from the same manufacturer was used in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. The irony is rich that this Anderson .223 pistol is already banned for sale in Maryland (it is not on the Handgun Roster), as is the Anderson AM-15 rifle (as it is deemed to be a copy of the Colt AR-15). The effect of the bill is thus to ban retroactively the Anderson .300BLK rifle even though that caliber rifle is almost never used in any crime.
You just can’t make this stuff up. Our written opposition to this bill is posted here. (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/198-2020-mdga-testimony-in-opposition-to-sb39)

Senate Bill 55 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0055?ys=2020RS) – Senate Budget and Taxation 1pm – Sponsored by Senator Ron Young (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Members/Details/young) (D. Frederick County), this bill creates a fund for the purchasing of lawfully possessed "Assault Weapons" grandfathered by the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. This bill sets up a bureaucracy and requires the State to provide funding for a voluntary turn-in of so-called assault weapons (which the bill defines to include ordinary handguns). The bill would then mandate that the State either destroy the firearm or donate it to the military (as if the armed forces of the United States would have any interest in such civilian guns). It is a complete waste of taxpayer money. The bill seems to assume that gun owners will voluntarily sell guns to the State at a price set by government bureaucrats (rather than the fair market value of the firearm).

We strongly suggest that everyone arrive early to sign up to testify. Sign up begins at 9am and ends at noon. Be aware that there are new rules this year for submitting written testimony. Doing so requires submitting in person a PDF on a flash drive and one printed hard copy in the committee’s office. You can links to these new requirements on our bill tracking page here. (https://tinyurl.com/guns2020)

If you are testifying, remember to be respectful before the lawmakers. Educate them. Speak from your personal experiences and knowledge. They need to be aware that these bills would make criminals of you and countless other Marylanders.

If you’re unable to be there personally, there will be other opportunities this session to testify. We are very early in session and more bills will be submitted over the next month. Additionally, you can schedule a meeting with your legislators, either in Annapolis or in their district offices, to make them aware of your concerns. Writing letters and making phone calls to them is also effective. You can find your representatives by plugging in your address HERE (https://maryland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=177afa87a67746a4ac5496b2d0897fb7) . Please make every effort to contact your Senator and Delegates and let them know you you feel about these bills. In particular, if you are a constituent of any of these sponsors, you should make a special effort to communicate your views to them. Sitting on the sidelines will simply make it easier for these bills to become law.

For further details on these bills, and all those coming this session, be sure to bookmark and share tinyurl.com/guns2020. MSI will post its testimony as it becomes available.

And so is the Virginia legislature:

Virginia gun owners are under legal threat like never before. Governor Northam is backing eight bills, including a ban so-called assault weapons (one feature is sufficient), a ban on so-called high-capacity magazines, and a ban on bump stocks and silencers. He would require background checks on all firearms sales and transfers (including private sales of ordinary long guns), cap handgun purchases at one per month and create a “red flag law" (a.k.a. a gun confiscation law). The Virginia Civil Defense League ("VCDL") and other grass roots organizations have organized a massive rally on January 20, 2020, in Richmond. The details can be found here. (https://www.vcdl.org/event-3647199 ) We fully support the efforts of the VCDL to return sanity to Virginia.

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Anti-Gun Bill Hearings in Annapolis on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

The Maryland General Assembly is back in session. As usual, they are proposing numerous anti-gun bills that would take away our rights to own a firearm.

You can get up do date comprehensive information on the bills being introduced by the Maryland Legislature on the Maryland Shall Issue Website:

www.marylandshallissue.org. This website has a spreadsheet lists the bills that are being introduced in the Maryland House and Senate and when the hearing dates are. Please go to the website and click on the bills to see what is being introduced. Click on the bill number to get a copy of the bill.

There are three anti-gun bill hearings on Wednesday, January 15, 2020:

House Bill 4 – HB 4: If passed, will make it a criminal offence to loan a rife or shotgun and prohibit you from owning a firearm. The penalty for loaning a gun or borrowing a rifle or shotgun would face up to a 3 to 5 year sentence with a fine of up to $10,000 if this bill passes.

However, if someone steals a gun in Maryland it is considered a misdemeanor and with up to a six-month sentence. Stealing a gun in Maryland does not make you a prohibited person.

This bill would prohibit our club from loaning club owned rifles to club members or our Juniors Parents.

Senate Bill 39– Hearing Date Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

SB 39 adds to the list of firearms that are now banned in Maryland. If passed, this bill would prevent you from buying or selling firearms that the Maryland Senate adds to the banned firearms listing. This bill is infringes on your rights by restricting the firearms you can purchase or sell.

Senate Bill 55– Hearing Date Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

SB55 – Establishes a Maryland Assault Weapons Buyback Fund. This bill is a slippery slope towards banning and confiscation of firearms using your tax dollars.

The hearings on Wednesday January 15, 2020 begin at 1:00 p.m. We need people to come to the hearing to show opposition to the bills. It will be great if you can testify, but just coming out and sitting in the audience will make a difference.

We will have a carpool meeting at the East lot of the Route 32 Park and Ride near I-95. We will leave at 10:15 a.m.

Thank you,

Rob Cowan

President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club