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

Maryland Shall Issue
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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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