With the 2018 Maryland General Assembly underway, it's a good time to brush up on how things work in Annapolis and how to let your voice be heard.
As always, Maryland Shall Issue will be tracking all of the gun bills that come along this session. Below is a list of all of the current gun bill information, as well as MSI's positions and applicable testimonies. This thread will be kept up to date during this session.
Last Update: January 15, 2018
Passage of this bill (H.R. 38) in the House is huge and is strongly endorsed by MSI. The bill contains multiple provisions greatly strengthening the rights of individuals with concealed carry permits and and of residents of constitutional carry states that allow concealed carry without a permit.
Sine Die (midnight, April 10) has come and gone and the 2017 Session of the General Assembly is over. Thankfully. The forces of logic and sense actually did pretty well, considering what was at stake. My thanks go out to the folks and leadership at NRA-ILA, the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, 2A Maryland, the AGC, the Western Maryland Sportsmen's Coalition and the Maryland Hunting Coalition. We all contributed. But most of all I want to thank our membership and others, who stood up and were counted with time, testimony, emails, calls, support, and signs. Thank you for your passion! It is a bond that we all share.
So what happened this year?
Several of the 2A organizations in our state, along with the NRA showed up in Annapolis to testify against many bills. We have some video from these testimonies one of the more egregious bills this session, HB0159 - Weapon-Free Higher Education Zones. Take a look!
MSI's president, Mark Pennak, testified in Annapolis during a recent senate hearing during General Assembly 2017.
This page will be kept to date with this 2017 MGA session's 2nd Amendment related legislation as we become aware of them.
Read the written testimony by MSI's President, Mark Pennak voicing his opposition to HB159 (aka. Campus Carry Bill).
A Letter From the President of MSI
Well, we had an impact, but the City Council is tying itself in legal knots in an effort to have it both ways. I mean, you can’t make this stuff up. It is just bizarre.
Maryland Shall Issue is opposed to the Terrorist Watch List for the same reasons the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is opposed to the Terrorist Watch List, it lacks due process as required under the 5 th and 14 th Amendments to the Constitution. The Terrorist Watch List was created as an investigative tool, and was never intended to provide due process. The government does not disclose to people that they are under investigation.