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pdf.png2019 MGA Testimony in Support of HB342, HB541, and SB115 - Public Safety - Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun - Qualifications HOT

In reference to: HB342HB541, and SB115

pdf.png2019 MGA Testimony in Opposition to HB468 and SB441 - Public Safety - Access to Firearms - Storage Requirements HOT

In reference to: HB468 and SB441

pdf.png2019 MGA Testimony in Opposition to HB786 and SB737 - Public Safety - Rifles and Shotguns - Transactions HOT

In reference to: HB786 and SB737

pdf.png2019 MGA Testimony in Opposition to HB92 - Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Payment of Fees HOT

In reference to: HB92

pdf.png2019 MGA Testimony in Opposition to HB612 - Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Colt AR-15 Sporter H-BAR Rifle HOT

In reference to: HB612

pdf.png2019 MGA Testimony in Opposition to HB95 - Public Safety - Firearms Disqualifications - Antique Firearm (Shadé's Law) HOT

In reference to: HB95

pdf.png2019 MGA Testimony in Opposition to HB96 and SB346 - Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Transfer HOT

In reference to: HB96 and SB346

pdf.png2019 MGA Information Only Testimony on SB97 and HB749 - Firearms - Right to Purchase, Possess, and Carry - Use of Medical Cannabis HOT

In reference to: SB97 and HB749

pdf.png2019 MGA Testimony in Opposition to SB113 - Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Payment of Fees HOT

In reference to: SB113

pdf.pngBrief of Appellants Final HOT

Filed in the 4th circuit. 

pdf.pngAppendix to the Brief of Appellants in bump stock case HOT

Appendix to the brief of appellants in MSI v. Hogan bump stock case

pdf.pngAppendix to the Brief of Appellants in bump stock case HOT

Appendix to brief

pdf.pngReply in support of SJ Motion HQL Suit HOT

Plaintiffs' reply in support of motion for summary judgment and in opposition to the State's motion for summary judgment in the HQL litigation.

pdf.pngTestimony on SB 860 Transfers HOT

Testimony on SB 860 (2018 General Assembly) on transfers

pdf.pngOpposition to State Motion to Dismiss HOT

Opposition of Plaintiffs to State's motion to dismiss in Hulbert v. Pope, et al.

pdf.pngNYC Transport Case Petition HOT

Petition for Cert in NYSRPA v. NYC, No. 18-280 (Sct)

pdf.pngDistrict Court Decision in Maloney v Rice - NY's Prohibition on Nunchaku HOT

District Court strikes NY's prohibition on Nunchaku. Yes, NY banned two sticks attached via chain or rope...

pdf.pngSB707 RTFA - NOTICE OF APPEAL 120618 HOT

Notice of Appeal to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

pdf.pngPetition For Extreme Risk Protection Order HOT

"RED FLAG" - PETITION FOR EXTREME RISK PROTECTIVE ORDER (Public Safety Title 5, Subtitle 6)

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.

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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

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