Two days of important Gun Bills this coming week

To Arlingon Rifle and Pistol Club,

The information pasted below is from the 2A Maryland website.

Please read the schedule for gun bill hearings this coming week.
If you can call your representatives it would be very helpful. Writing emails or even better coming to the hearings will really help. We had a good showing at the House last week and it made a difference.

We need your help if we are going to be able to retain our rights.

Thank you,

Rob Cowan
President, Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club

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2020 Session – Gun Bill Week in Annapolis
Legislative Report #06
March 1, 2020
Dear Rob,

Gun bill hearings are scheduled for the following dates:

Tuesday, March 3rd, Wednesday March 4th & Thursday, March 5th

See the hearing schedule and links below.

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Click here for the link to Legislative Report #06 on 2A Maryland’s home page.

Click this link to let us know you will be in Annapolis and on which day or days.

John H. Josselyn
2A Maryland
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In this issue:

  • Gun Bill Week in Annapolis
  • New information to make your visit to Annapolis more productive
  • SB 208 Update – Long gun background checks
  • SB 646 Update – Firearm Storage
  • Updated bill status and hearing schedules including gun bill days – March 3rd to 5th
  • Contact info for Maryland General Assembly for upload to Microsoft Outlook
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Gun Bill Week in Annapolis
Information you need to be successful as a citizen lobbyist.
Information Needed to Find Parking, Shuttle Bus, Navigate the House and Senate Buildings to Quickly Find Your Legislators in Annapolis NEW!
An expanded version of the Maryland General Assembly Committee & Contact Information PDF show above.

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Gun & Hunting Bill Hearings, Status & Position Reports:
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Gun Bill Status & Hearing Schedules
2A Maryland publishes current information on gun & hunting bill status, hearing schedules, positions etc., on its website Bill Tracker page as well as a downloadable PDF hardcopy.

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Click here to download the hardcopy.

Gun Bill Week – Bill Hearing Schedule
Tuesday – March 3rd @ 12 PM
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR)

SB 0672 Criminal Law – Theft of a Handgun
Amending existing law concerning theft of property to separately address the theft of a handgun. Classifying the theft of a handgun as a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Providing penalties for a first offense from a mandatory minimum of 2 years to a maximum of 5 years and/or fine of up to $1,000. Increased penalties for subsequent offenses. Requiring that handgun theft penalty shall be consecutive to a sentence for any other offense. SUPPORT.

SB 0674 Gun Theft Felony Act of 2020 (cross-filed HB 0914)
Amending existing law concerning theft of property to separately address the theft of a firearm, including an antique firearm, or replica of an antique firearm. Classifying the theft of a firearm as a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Providing penalties for a first offense from a mandatory minimum of 2 years to a maximum of 5 years and/or fine of up to $1,000. Increased penalties for subsequent offenses. Requiring that firearm theft penalty shall be consecutive to a sentence for any other offense.. SUPPORT.

SB 0958 Criminal Law – Untraceable Firearms (cross-filed HB 0910)
An expanded version of previous 3D printer legislation to include prohibition on transferring software (1st Amendment violation), CNC based machining, banning so-called undetectable firearms (already prohibited by federal law), firearms without serial numbers, manufacturing firearms to resemble key chains, cigarette lighters, wallets, etc. Clearly violates the citizens’ right to build a personal firearm. OPPOSE

Wednesday – March 4th @ 1 PM
House Judiciary Committee (JUD)

HB 0591 Public Safety – Lost or Stolen Regulated Firearm – Reporting
Doubling the sentences and fines for failing to report a stolen firearm. Doubling the proposed penalty for a first offence for any subsequent offense. Changing the offense from a civil offense to a criminal offense. Oppose

HB 0914 Gun Theft Felony Act of 2020 (cross-file SB 0674)
Amending existing law concerning theft of property to separately address the theft of a handgun. Classifying the theft of a handgun as a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Providing penalties for a first offense from a mandatory minimum of 2 years to a maximum of 5 years and/or fine of $1000. Increased penalties for subsequent offenses. Requiring that handgun theft penalty shall run consecutively to any other penalty for other crimes. SUPPORT

HB 0968 Regulated Firearms – Straw Purchase – Penalties
Minor languages changes, making a straw purchase a felony, minimum sentences for a first offence, increased penalties with mandatory minimum sentences. SUPPORT

HB 1085 Criminal Procedure – Appeals – Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (cross-file SB 0468)
To allow the state to appeal trial court decisions in cases involving certain offenses under certain additional sections of the law. No Position

HB 1104 Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Transfer
Defining “transfer” as a sale, rental, furnishing, gift, loan or any other delivery with or without compensation. Excludes a temporary change is possession when the transferor has no reason to believe the transferee intends to commit a crime; AND only when in the actual presence of the transferor. Effectively repeals legislation we backed last session. OPPOSE

HB 1241 Firearms – Law Enforcement – Patrol Responsibilities (Retail Firearm Business Protection Act)
A modest proposal which would require the law enforcement agencies in each jurisdiction to work with the firearms dealers in the agencies’ jurisdiction to establish a policy that at least one patrol officer will visit a business to monitor and inspect the business each night during non-business hours. (Which is something they should be doing already.) SUPPORT

HB 1267 Public Safety – Handgun Permit – Church Property (Worshipper Protection Act of 2020)
Providing exceptions to some of the transport restrictions contained in Criminal Law Article §4-203 by modifying the Public Safety Article to allow persons who have permission from the governing board of a church to wear and carry a handgun for the protection of self and others while on the property of the church and to transport the handgun to and from the church. Requires advance notice of the church policy to the primary law enforcement agency in the county where the church is located. SUPPORT

HB 1268 Public Safety – Pilot Program – Handgun Permit – Church Property
Providing exceptions to some of the transport restrictions contained in Criminal Law Article §4-203 by modifying the Public Safety Article to allow persons who have permission from the governing board of a church to wear and carry a handgun for the protection of self and others while on the property of a church in Harford County ONLY and to transport the handgun to and from the church. Requires advance notice of the church policy to the Harford County Sheriff. It is unclear what the policy will be if a churchgoer is not a Harford County resident. No Position (we prefer HB 1267)

HB 1501 Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Reporting Loss or Theft
Altering existing law to reduce the time allowed to report the discovery of the loss or theft of a regulated firearm from 72 hours to 48 hours. More symbolic than substantive because law enforcement simply takes a loss/theft report. It does not necessarily trigger an active police investigation absent another crime. Under federal law, dealers are already required to report a loss or theft within 48 hours, so the impact is on private citizens only. OPPOSE

HB 1502 Handgun Permits – Qualifications – High Risk Occupations
Defining certain occupations (e.g. correctional officers, parole officers, emergency services, physicians, etc.) as “high risk” and thus qualifying as a good and substantial reason for a permit to wear and carry a handgun. SUPPORT

HB 1629 Office of the Attorney General – Firearm Crime – Study (cross-file SB 1047)
A totally unnecessary near duplication of a bill passed during the 2019 Session. The major difference being that last year’s version was amended to place the responsibility under the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention rather that under the office of the Maryland Attorney General (Brian Frosh). This version again assigns the duties to the office of the Maryland Attorney, probably to make sure the results suit the liberals anti-gun paradigm. OPPOSE

Thursday – March 5th @ 12 PM
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR)

SB 0968 Baltimore City – Imitation Firearms – Prohibition (cross-file HB 1160)
Similar to existing Baltimore City legislation 16-0761 enacted in December of 2016, and applies only to Baltimore City. Prohibits the sale, offer to sell, or display of an imitation firearm. Provides a $500 fine for a first offense, and $1000 fine for a second offense. OPPOSE

Maryland General Assembly & Committee Contact Information
Information Needed to Locate & Communicate With Your Legislators in Annapolis UPDATED!
This PDF contains a condensed list of the Maryland General Assembly members, room assignments and phone extensions which are very useful in navigating the offices in Annapolis.

It also contains Committee assignments and hyperlinked email addresses for the entire House & Senate.

Download Maryland General Assembly 2020 Session Contact Information

SB 208 /HB 4 UPDATE – Long Guns Loans and Transfers

A Committee vote on SB 208 reportedly occurred last Friday. Fortunately, no action has been taken on HB 4 which is a truly terrible bill.

The amendments to SB 208 appear to limit background checks to purchases and permanent transfers (we have not seen the amended bill language). As noted in a reply to a Tweet by JPR Chairman Will Smith, the news has not been well received by Vanessa Atterbeary, the Vice Chair of the JUD Committee and the lead sponsor of HB 4. It appears the Delegate Atterbeary is digging in her heels and throwing down the conference committee gauntlet. How this will play out remains to be seen.

However, Atterbeary’s tweet in response to Smith’s may have sounded the death knell for HB 4 in the JPR Committee. Unless Senate President Ferguson intervenes, it is not unlikely that no further action will be taken and HB 4 will languish in the JPR Committee.

In response to a 2A Maryland public information request (PIA) the Department of Maryland State Police confirmed that it does not have the authority to enforce SB 208 or HB 4. Click here to download the PIA and MSP response.

Nonetheless, despite being very bad public policy, SB 208 is still moving forward with a Committee vote. Make no mistake, this is still a terrible bill and we need your support to defeat it.

Your calls and emails in opposition to SB 208 and HB 4 are urgently needed.

SB 646 – Public Safety – Access to Firearms – Storage Requirements (cross-file HB 636)

We are hearing that the Senate bill is being amended and debated within the Judicial Proceedings committee. We are not certain which exact amendments will make it into the bill before the committee votes on moving it forward to 2nd Reader.

2020 Session: Gun Bills and Hunting Bills
Links to 2A Maryland’s Website Information & PDF Downloads
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Legislators & Committee Contact Info

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