ALERT! The next Senate Gun Bill Hearing is on Wednesday, February 28th – Ban on loaning a regulated firearm and banning Rapid fire trigger activator and bump stocks and cranks

To Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club,

There will be another Gun Bill Hearing with the MD Senate Judicial Committee on Wednesday, February 28th. Please email the Senate Judicial committee and your local representatives. The Baltimore City Police testifying yesterday said they couldn’t think of a single example of a legally owned firearm being used in a crime.

The two bills being heard are:

SB-860 – Regulated Firearms Transfer

This bill would prohibit the loan of a regulated firearm.

In this section "TRANSFER" includes a loan other than a temporary gratuitous change of a regulated firearm between two individuals who remain in the same location for the duration of the exchange.

If this passes, there will be no more loaning of a regulated gun folks.

SB-707 Rapid Fire Trigger Activator – Possession, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing or receiving a certain rapid fire trigger activator.

Rapid Fire trigger activator – means any device, part, or combination of devices or parts that is designed and functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a firearm beyond the standard rate of fire for firearms that are not equipped with that device, part, or combination of devices or parts.

Rapid fire trigger activator includes a bump stock and trigger crank.

A Person may not:

1. Transport a rapid fire trigger activator into the state.
2. Manufacture, possess, sell, offer to sell, transfer purchase, or receiver a rapid fire trigger activator.

Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle a person who violates this subtitle is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years of a fine not exceeding $5000 or both.

A person who uses an assault weapon, a rapid fire Trigger Activator or magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition in the commission of a felony or crime of violence as defined in 5-101 of the public safety article is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Please make your voice heard. You can email one of the committees or the entire House and Senate with one click. There is a link to email them on the AGC home page under "legislative". You can call or visit your representative to inform them of your viewpoint. Please be polite and brief. You can also come to the Senate and House Hearings for these bills. The listing below lets you know what committees and when the hearings are going to be held. I recommend getting there around 11:00 a.m. if you wish to sign up to testify. The hearings generally start at 1:00 p.m. They are quite educational. If you wish too testify, you get about two minutes or you can just go and say if you support or are opposed to a given bill. Being there makes a difference!

I park at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium and take the shuttle to the House or Senate Buildings. It used to cost $5 to park and the shuttle costs $2 each way. Bring exact change for the shuttle.

Wednesday, February 28th, is the Senate Judicial Committee Hearing where they will be discussing Senate Bill 707 and 860. Please email the Senate Judicial Committee. You will be able to email all of the house, senate or committees with a click. It takes about 30 seconds to write a brief email about a bill you support or oppose.

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=guns%2cguns&stab=01&pid=narrowsubjpage&tab=subject3&ys=2018RS

Participating in the process is our civic duty. If we don’t let our legislators know what our positions are about these bills, we will end up living with the consequences when they pass.

Thank you,

Rob

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