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pdf.pngLetter To 4th Circuit on Standing HOT

Letter to Fourth Circuit advising the Court of the Supreme Court's decision in the census case on standing

pdf.pngKnick 28j Letter HOT

Letter to the Fourth Circuit advising of the Supreme Court's decision in Knick

zip.pngDavis 28j Letter refiled

Letter advising the Fourth Circuit of the Supreme Court's decision in Davis

pdf.pngDavis 28j Letter HOT

Letter advising the Fourth Circuit of the Supreme Court's decision in Davis

pdf.pngBrief Whalen v. HPRB HOT

Whalen v. Handgun Permit Review Board, brief of appellant. Court of Special Appeals

pdf.pngHQL Suit - Amicus Curiae Brief by NSSF HOT

Brief filed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in support of MSI and Atlantic Guns's suit against Maryland's Handgun Qualification License.

pdf.pngHQL Suit - Amicus Curiae Brief by NRA and MSRPA HOT

Brief filed by the National Rifle Association and Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association in support of MSI and Atlantic Guns's  lawsuit against Maryland's Handgun Qualification License.

pdf.pngSAF and CCRKBA Amicus in HQL Lawsuit HOT

SAF, CCRKBA JOIN IN AMICUS BRIEF CHALLENGING MARYLAND GUN LAW

From the Second Amendment Foundation: "The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms have joined in an amicus (friend of the court) brief in a case challenging Maryland’s process to obtain a licenses to possess a handgun in one’s home, contending that this violates the Second Amendment."

pdf.pngOrigins of Restrictions in Maryland HOT
pdf.pngHQL Brief of Appellants HOT

Brief of appellants, MSI, Individual Plaintiffs and Atlantic Guns in the HQL litigation Standing

pdf.pngReply of Appellants Bump Stock Appeal HOT

Reply of Plaintiffs Appellants Fourth Circuit Bumpstock appeal

pdf.pngLetter to Chris Shank HOT
pdf.pngNYC Letter to SCT HOT
pdf.pngBump Stock Brief of State HOT
pdf.pngHQL Memorandum Opinion of DCT HOT

District court decision dismissing the case on standing

pdf.pngHulbert 1st Amendment opinion HOT
pdf.pngLetter To Sun re HB 786 HOT

Letter to Sun on Delegate Atterbeary

 

pdf.png2019 MGA Written Testimony in Opposition to SB1000 and HB1343 - Public Safety - Handgun Permit Review Board - Repeal HOT

n regard to: SB1000 and HB1343

pdf.pngMGA2019: Written Testimony in Opposition to SB8 - Criminal Law - Computer-Aided Firearm Fabrication - Prohibitions HOT

In reference to: SB8

pdf.png2019 MGA Testimony in Opposition to HB740 and SB882 - Criminal Law – Firearms – Computer–Aided Fabrication and Serial Number (3D Printed Firearms & Ghost Guns) HOT

Latest News

Court Uphold's MD's Taking of Rapid Fire Trigger Activators

 

In a sharply split, 2-1 decision, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that Maryland may ban the possession of "Rapid Fire Trigger Activators" by existing owners without paying just compensation under Fifth Amendment or the Maryland Constitution.  The majority ruled that no just compensation was owed to existing, lawful owners because the ban “does not require owners of rapid fire trigger activators to turn them over to the Government or to a third party.”  In short, as far as this majority is concerned, the State is free to ban the possession of any personal property without paying just compensation unless the State puts the property into its own pocket or the pocket of a third party.  If that is the law, then no personal property, of any kind, is safe from the grasping clutches of the General Assembly.  For example, the State could ban possession of your existing car and not pay a dime.  The dissenting opinion ably demolishes the majority's reasoning.  Needless to say, we will be seeking further review.

You can read the ruling HERE.  Stay tuned.

Maryland Shall Issue will continue to fight for the interests and rights of its members and the public, but to do so requires resources and your help. Consider joining or donating to MSI.

Background Checks for Firearms Purchases and Licenses Interrupted

Due to a systems failure on the morning of June 21st within the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections Services (DPSCS), the Maryland State Police (MSP) was no longer able to complete background checks for Handgun Qualification Licenses (HQL), regulated firearms transfers (77R transfers), and Wear and Carry Permit background investigations. DPSCS have since restored their systems and the MSP have been processing background checks as fast as they can. We appreciate the efforts of the State Police to remedy the backlog as quickly as possible, though the bureaucratic processes created by the General Assembly compounds these issues for Marylanders who are merely trying to protect themselves.

From the MSP:

Background Checks Underway After Data System Restored

(PIKESVILLE, MD) — Maryland State Police Licensing Division employees worked throughout the night and will continue to work around-the-clock to address pending regulated firearm purchase applications after a state data system was restored late yesterday.

At about 8:30 p.m. yesterday, the State Police Licensing Division was notified by officials at the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services that the data system had been restored and access to background check information was available.  Employees at the Licensing Division immediately began completing background check investigations on the regulated firearm purchase applications that had been pending since a system failure occurred on June 21st.

Licensing Division employees worked throughout the night and will continue to work around-the-clock until all pending and incoming regulated firearm purchase applications have been reviewed and are being completed within Maryland’s required seven day waiting period.  Even with employees working 24-hours-a-day to address this, the process is anticipated to take several days to complete.  The Licensing Division continues to work with Maryland’s licensed firearms dealers to track any regulated firearm released after the waiting period, but before full completion of the background check process.

As of 4:00 p.m. yesterday, information from Maryland firearms dealers indicated that of the 893 firearm purchase applications eligible for release, 54 regulated firearms had been released to customers after the seven day waiting period had passed.  The individuals receiving those firearms were the first ones background checks were conducted on during the night.  There were no prohibiting factors found for any of those applicants.


As far as we know, there's no evidence or information to suggest that anyone's personal information was comprimised while the systems were down and none of the applicants whose dealer released firearms to them failed or would have failed background checks.

While the MSP have asked the Dealers to hold off on releasing any regulated firearms (handguns) until the checks completed, dealers may release regulated firearms on the 8th day after a transaction at their discretion. From the MSP's latest advisory on 6/25:

Should the RFD elect to exercise their statutory option to release a regulated firearm on the eighth day, we ask that the procedure listed below be followed:

1. The RFD will access their Licensing Portal;
2. locate the application to be released within the “SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS” section;
3. print a copy of the application;
4. verify that all information in “Section 4” is accurate;
5. both the RFD and the applicant will sign and complete “Section 6;”
6. scan and send the completed copy of the 77R to .

Additional Coverage:
Maryland Handgun Background Check System Crashes, Leaving Gun Buyers in Limbo - Washington Free Beacon
Citing a ‘catastrophic hardware failure,' Maryland State Police report delays in gun background checks and licenses - Baltimore Sun
Guns sold without completed background checks in Maryland - WUSA9
After ‘Catastrophic Hardware Failure,’ Dozens Of Guns Were Released Without Completed Background Checks In Maryland - WAMU

Contact Info

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