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

2 Gun Action Event 22 Feb 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.

ARPC XO

Bad Gun Bills for Maryland are being presented in Annapolis. Your action is needed!

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

This is year is the worst year for gun bills since I have been going to Annapolis. The House Bill 1261 will make almost any semiautomatic rifle and some pistols that were legally purchased in Maryland an assault weapon. The bill would require $290 registration per firearm for a few months, then the registration goes up to $580, then $1,000 per firearm. If you don’t register the firearm in that period of time, you would be breaking the law.

HB 636 and SB 646 are Gun Storage Bills that would criminalize if a minor could have unsupervised access to a loaded or unloaded gun. The addiition of the could possibly have access to unloaded firearm is what is being added by this bill. If this bill passes, at this time, there is an exception if a minor has their Hunter Safety certificate.

SB 958 and HB 910 Untraceable firearms.

HB910 SB 958 – Bans untraceable firearms

There are more bad bills and a few good bills on the Maryland Shall Issue Website.

You can make a difference by letting your representatives know you oppose these bills. Every year, our Maryland Legislators are lobbied by antigun activists to add more restrictions to legal gun owners and ban firearms that were legally purchased in Maryland. Your representatives need to hear from you or they will only hear from the antigun activists. PLEASE take action and contact your representatives!

I have attached the latest email I received from Maryland Shall Issue. Please go to the Marylandshallissue.org website.

Thank you,

Rob Cowan
President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

Here is the email I received from Maryland Shall Issue

Your testimony is needed in Annapolis.

Maryland Shall Issue
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BAD GUN BILLS! WE NEED YOUR HELP!
As always, you can find these bills in MSI’s tracker at tinyurl.com/guns2020. You can find your representatives at mdelect.net. The below is a message from Delegate Lauren Arikan:

What can YOU do?

1. Submit WRITTEN TESTIMONY to the committee about why this legislation is wrong or how it will impact your life.

Include the following info. in your email:

A. Name
B. Address (so the delegates know if you are their constituent)
C. Email Address
D. The Bill #’s and OPPOSE ( You can send one email with all of the bills #’s on it)
E. Send to Lauren.Arikan (mailto:Lauren.Arikan) (or reply to this email)
F. You can also submit it to the committee on the day of the hearing but it will need to be a PDF file on a flash drive.

2. Come to Annapolis to give VERBAL TESTIMONY to the committee.

A. Get to Annapolis between 9am-11:00am on the day of the hearing to sign up to speak.
B. Prepare a 90 second testimony of what you would like to say to the committee. Remember, be polite!
C. If you don’t want to speak you can sign up and simply say “me too” when it’s your turn.

3. Or DO BOTH!

We need verbal testimony on several days – please come if you can or at least submit written testimony.
Please feel free to call or email me (mailto:Lauren.Arikan) with any questions.

Thank you!

Kind Regards,
Lauren

Delegate Lauren Arikan
Deputy Minority Whip
District 7| Baltimore & Harford Counties
Maryland House of Delegates
6 Bladen St. Room 324
Annapolis, MD 21401
Office: 410-841-3334

The mentioned bills can be found at tinyurl.com/guns2020

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Presidents Day Fun Shoot on the Barnes Range Tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

We will be having a steel plate rifle fun shoot tomorrow, Monday, February 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Barnes Range.

Come on out and have some fun.

We had a great weekend so far! The steel plate pistol shoot Saturday was a blast. A big thanks to Paul for bringing his stove. We were able to keep nice and warm.

I also want to thank everyone who came out to help with the Fundraiser frame build. We built 94 frames today! It was a lot of fun and it really helped our Juniors program.

I hope you can come out tomorrow.

Have a great week!

Thank you,

Rob

Reminder: frame build tomorrow from 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. at the AGC Maintenance building

Please come out and give us a hand tomorrow. We need your help.

Thank you!

Rob

Reminder Fundraiser Frame Build is this Sunday

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

We have our fundraiser frame build which benefits our Juniors program on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the AGC maintenance building near Memorial Hall. No tools or woodworking skills are required. We build the frames on an assembly line basis where each person performs one or two simple tasks. It is a lot of fu and everyone leaves with a good feeling for having helped our Juniors program.

Thank you for your help!

Rob Cowan
President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

Remember: steel plate pistol shoot Saturday

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

Tomorrow we have our Steel Plate Pistol Shoot at the pistol range from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thank you,

Rob

Your immediate action is needed NOW!!!

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

The Maryland Legislators have doubled down on what they did back in 2013, by proposing to criminalize and punish legal gun owners in this state. They are proposing a $290 per firearm fee to register your legally owned firearms. If you don’t, they will declare you a felon. I have pasted Maryland Shall Issues email below. Please do not be complacent. We need to fight these bills or they will become law and we will have to pay big dollars to be able to retain our firearms. Looking at what has been done in other states like California, once they require registration, they will end up banning the registered firearms in a year or two and force you to get rid of them.

You can make a difference. Go to the MarylandShallIssue.org website to see the bills and when the hearing dates are. We need you to contact your delegates and state Senators offices. Meeting with them in person is the best option, but if they are not available, ask to speak to their Chief of Staff. Let them know you are not happy with the bills being proposed. Ask them what they can do to help stop them. We also need you to come to the hearings. Mom’s Demand Action is being funded by Bloomberg. They show up in strength to show their support for the anti-gun bills. They are all emotion and present no facts when they testify. They are all about banning guns. Their testimony has nothing to do with the bills being sponsored. We need a good turnout of gunowners at the hearings. If we don’t turn out, we will be ignored.

Please read the email and help us fight these bills. Maryland Shall Issue is a terrific organiation and has been fighting for our rignts for years.

Thank you,

Rob Cowan
President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

A revamp of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, ban on the possession of homemade firearms, and more.

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Gunmageddon 2.0: More Assaults on Maryland Gun Owners – Your Action is Needed NOW
The General Assembly is now engaged in a full-fledged assault on gun owners. They’ve introduced a total revamp of the poorly named Firearm Safety Act of 2013 and a host of other bills that criminalize and punish gun owners. A full list of bills can be found on our bill tracker, which can be found here. (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/legislation-tracker/bill-tracker) It’s imperative you meet and speak with your representatives in opposition to these bills. They need to see and hear from you, the people they’re willing to have locked up. If you don’t know who represents you, you can find them and their contact info HERE (http://mdelect.net)

Here is a sampling. Please note the hearing dates for these bills and plan on being there. We do our best to protect gun owners, but no one should be a free-rider in the face of these threats.

"Untraceable Firearms"
HB910 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0910?ys=2020RS) and SB958 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0958?ys=2020RS)
These bills perform a taking by criminalizing the possession of any privately made firearm or firearm that doesn’t have a serial number (pre-1968 arms exempt). The bill also prohibits making any more firearms on your own, including with a 3D printer. If that’s not enough, distributing "software" for making of 3D-printable arms becomes a crime.

HB910 is being heard on 2/26 in the Judiciary Committee at 1pm.
SB958 is being heard on 3/3 in Judicial Proceedings at noon.

"Assault Long Guns and Copycat Weapons"
HB1261 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb1261?ys=2020RS)
HB1261 is a new gun ban that’s sponsored by House Leadership. The bill goes to a one-feature test of what makes an "assault weapon" and expands what those features are. This new definition of "assault weapons" would ban HBARs and a host of other guns, including .30 caliber ARs that have never been regulated firearms. Also banned are handguns in rifle calibers. There is a grandfather clause, of sorts, as it requires the registration of any firearm that meets the new definition and those who don’t face imprisonment. The cost of registration is $290 for those who register before January 1st 2021 and goes up each year until it reaches a $1,000 per firearm. Sales and transfers of such guns would be prohibited. The hearing date has not been announced as of this writing. We’ll share that date when we have it.

"Licensed Firearms Dealers (Firearms Dealers’ Safety Act)"
HB1257 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/HB1257?ys=2020rs)
This bill places all sorts of new requirements on firearms dealers, including that they must maintain audio and video recordings of all transactions for up to a year. Dealers would have to have all employees’ fingerprints taken each year and must install expensive new surveillance equipment if they want to stay in business. Again, these difficult burdens are designed close up dealers and impose heavy costs on those who remain.

"Access to Firearms – Storage Requirements"
HB636 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0636?ys=2020RS) and SB646 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0646?ys=2020RS)
These bills further mandate how firearms are stored in your home. They’re written in such a way that if a "minor" (under 18) "could" get access to a loaded or unloaded firearm in your home, you’re held criminally liable. Since "could" is virtually anything that is possible, upon the effective date of this bill, every firearm owner in the State will be a criminal. No matter how you store your firearm, you are a criminal if it is "possible" for a minor to break into your storage.

"Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport – Required Courses"
SB422 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0422?ys=2020RS)
This bill will require the roughly 22,000 MD Wear and Carry permit holders and any new permit holders take two separate annual training courses. One course is on situation awareness and another is on "the competent handling of a firearm." The courses must be approved by the State Police. Just another deterrent against applying.

You can see the statuses of all the bills, our positions, and testimony at tinyurl.com/guns2020

Upcoming Hearing Dates
2/11, 12pm Judicial Proceedings – SB290 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0290?ys=2020RS)
2/13, 12pm Judicial Proceedings – SB422 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0422?ys=2020RS) , SB468 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0468?ys=2020RS)
2/19, 12pm Judicial Proceedings – SB506 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0506?ys=2020RS) , SB509 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0509?ys=2020RS)
1pm Judiciary – HB636 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0636?ys=2020RS)
2/20, 12pm Judicial Proceedings – SB646 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0646?ys=2020RS) , SB816 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0816?ys=2020RS)
1pm Ways and Means – HB618 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0618?ys=2020RS)
2/26, 12pm Judicial Proceedings – SB880 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0880?ys=2020RS) , SB881 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0881?ys=2020RS)
1pm Judiciary – HB910 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0910?ys=2020RS) , HB1257 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb1257?ys=2020RS)
3/3, 12pm Judicial Proceedings – SB672 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0672?ys=2020RS) , SB674 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0674?ys=2020RS) , SB958 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0958?ys=2020RS)
3/4, 1pm Judiciary – HB591 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb0591) , HB1501 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/hb1501?ys=2020RS)
3/5, 12pm Judicial Proceedings – SB968 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0968?ys=2020RS)

We will continue to keep you on top of developments in Annapolis and are working hard in defense of your self-defense and your Constitutional rights.

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Reminder: Arlington Club events for this week!

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

Arlington’s events for this coming week are as follows:

1. Wednesday, February 12that 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. we have our club meeting in Memorial Hall. We have a lot to discuss: club activities and the status of bills in Annapolis. The swap meet will be in the back of the room, so bring in anything you wish to sell, trade or give away. There will also be a show and tell for you to share your latest acquisitions or items of interest with the club.

2. Saturday, February 15th, Steel Plate Pistol Shoot, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Pistol range. We will have steel plates out at various distances.

3. Sunday, February 16th, Fundraiser Frame Build to benefit our Juniors Program from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at the AGC Maintenance Building, next to Memorial Hall. No tools or woodworking skills are required. We build frames on an assembly line basis, where each person performs one or two simple tasks. It’s a lot of fun and everyone leaves with a good feeling for having supported our Juniors program.

Have a great week!

Thank you,

Rob

P.S. Please keep up with the anti-gun bills being introduced in Annapolis. There are some really bad ones being introduced this year. You can find up to date information on the bills on the Marylandshallissue.org website. Please call or visit your representatives and let them know your opinion on a bill.

Arlington’s club events for February

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

Reminder: Last year’s AGC Range Badges expires tomorrow. You need to purchase your 2020 AGC range badge. You will need your 2020 Arlington Club Membership card to be able to buy your 2020 AGC Range Badge. You can renew your Arlington membership with Bob at our shoot on Saturday.

Here is our club event schedule for February, 2020:

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 200 yard Steel Plate Rifle Shoot from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the 200 yard rifle range.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, we have our monthly club meeting from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall

Saturday, February 15, 2020, Steel Plate Pistol Shoot on the pistol range from (:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 2020, Action Shoot on the Action Shooting Range.

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 200 yard Steel Plate Rifle Shoot from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the 200 yard range.

Have a great weekend,

Rob

P.S. A Message from Richard:

You need to have your 2020 sticker on your AGC Card in order to participate in the League. If you haven’t done that yet don’t delay for our first match is March 7th. I’ll be checking everyone for compliance at check-in.

Bring your name tag from last year. If you lost yours please let me know.

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!)

Check out our events calendar (https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/events/month.calendar/2020/01/20/-) !

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