Our upcoming annual membership meeting is coming up! We will be hosted by Baltimore County Game and Fish Protective Association. The meeting will be held on September 7, 2019, and will begin at 1:30 pm and end around 3:00 pm. We will be accepting candidates for 3 Board of Directors seats as well as all of the officer positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. All current officers and BoD members will be running again, but challengers are always welcome! If you or someone you know would like to enter the running and has been a member of MSI for at least two years, please let us know by August 31, so we can get your name on the ballot. We will send out ballots to all active members on September 1.
Those who have maintained their MSI memberships for at least 2 years are elligible to vote.
As always, our president will give an update on all of the ongoing legal proceedings, and MSI's plans for the future!
Location 3400 Northwind Rd, Parkville, MD 21234
Maryland Shall Issue Argues Against the HQL Before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Maryland Shall Issue, Inc., its members and Atlantic Guns were represented in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Richmond, VA) on the morning of May 6th via teleconference, appealing the lower court's dismissal of the Maryland Handgun Qualification License lawsuit on standing grounds.
MSI and it's members consider the HQL requirement (and it's provisions, such as one live round, fees, fingerprinting, etc.) an egregious infringement upon the rights of Marylanders to acquire the means to their own defense.
Please consider supporting MSI's and its all volunteer membership's efforts, on your behalf, by joining and/or donating to our shared cause.
Listen to the oral argument recording of Maryland Shall Issue, inc. v Lawrence Hogan (19-1469) below
You can find additional info, including briefs in this case and info on 2nd Amendment-related challenges across the country in the Litigation Tracker.
Shooting Ranges and Dealers Are Critical Infrastructure and May Remain Open!
Gun Ranges and and Federal Firearms Licensees may remain open!
Governor Hogan's latest order (dated March 30, 2020) states:
This Order controls the occupancy and use of all businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities that are not part of the critical infrastructure sectors identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (currently described at https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19) (collectively, “Non-Essential Businesses”).
That cross reference to the DHS website is controlling as to the scope of the Governor's definition of "non-essential businesses." Stated differently, the order expressly does NOT apply to businesses that are part of the "critical infrastructure sectors," as defined by DHS. That cross reference thus requires reference to the DHS site in order to determine what is a "critical infrastructure" business.
We endorse the Governor's recommendations for safe practices while at these facilities. See https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/. If you have any questions on the scope of the Governor's orders, you should consult your lawyer. The Governor's orders have the force of law and a violation of the orders is a criminal misdemeanor. See MD Code, Public Safety, § 14-114.