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Hogan Signs Gun Control Bills Into Law!

Governor Hogan disregarded our veto requests and has signed the Handun Permit Review Board Bill (HB 819) , and the “red flag” bill (HB 1302). As detailed in our veto letters to the Governor (the letter on HB 819 can be found HERE, and HB 1302 letter can be found HERE), both bills were bad, but the HB 1302 “red flag” bill was the worst.

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Veto request for HB819, the Handgun Permit Review Board repeal bill

Dear Mr. Shank:

This letter is submitted on behalf of Maryland Shall Issue, its officers and Board and all its members, to request that Governor Hogan veto HB 819, as enacted by the General Assembly. As you may know, Maryland Shall Issue is an all-volunteer, non-partisan organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of gun owners’ rights in Maryland. The undersigned President of Maryland Shall Issue is an attorney and an active member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, having recently retired from the United States Department of Justice, after 33 years of practicing before the federal Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. For the reasons set forth below, HB 819 is an unfounded attack on the Handgun Permit Review Board whose members are appointed by you. It deserves to be vetoed.

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ACTION ALERT: "Red Flag" bill (HB 1302), the so-called "Extreme Risk Protection Orders" bill. UPDATED

UPDATED: 

Well, HB 1302, the so-called Extreme  Risk Protection Orders bill, has emerged from the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and quickly passed the Senate.  The vote in the Senate was 31-13.  Up front, we wish to thank the tireless efforts of Senator Hough, Senator Ready, Senator Cassilly and Chairman Zirkin in the Committee to remake this bill from the House version. And because of their efforts, the resulting bill is certainly a big improvement over the bill that was passed by the House. To their great credit, Senators Hough, Ready, Cassilly and Senator Linda Norman (who is new to the Committee, having just been appointed to the seat filled by her late husband) voted against this bill in Committee. That is because these Senators realized that the bill is still a legal abomination. Even under the JPR amendments, the bill still makes gun owners a unique class in the law, e.g., a person who can be proceeded against and whose property can be seized simply because of his or her status as a gun owner.

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ACTION ALERT! Urge your representatives to pass SB27 AS-IS

The Opposition is playing games with SB 27, which is the preliminary approval bill for a carry permit. This bill passed the Senate 44-1 this year and was approved by the House Judiciary Committee 18-0. It passed the House last year. The opposition wants to tack on amendments to make it hard on republicans. We need, however, something to pass in the House for it to get to a conference with the Senate. PLEASE, call and write your representative ASAP to urge them to stand firm and get this bill through the House in accordance with what passed the Senate and what the House did last year.

You can find your representatives HERE

SB27 can be found HERE


House Gun Bill Day - March 6, 2018

MSI is urging our members and all who care about firearms rights to come out to Annapolis on Tuesday, March 6, 2018! This is gun bill day in the House of Delegates. No rally or formal hosted event is planned. So far 38 bills are scheduled for this day.

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MGA2018 Legislative Update

Well, it is starting to get exciting in Annapolis.  We are tracking legislation and updating it often on our website with links to the bills and our testimony.  We do want to highlight here a few of these bills and encourage our members (and other supporters of the Second Amendment) to contact their legislators and come out and testify.  MSI needs your support. 

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2018 Maryland Gun Legislation Tracker

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 table will be kept up to date during this session.

Last Update: April 24, 2018

 

Approved by the Governor 

Bill Number

Bill Title

MSI Position

MSI Testimony

Primary Sponsor

Status

HB0119

Calvert County – Hunting – Deer Management Permits

No Position

 

Delegate Clark

Approved by the Governor

HB0432

(SB0545)

Public Safety - Grant Programs and Funding (Public Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2018)

No Position

 

Delegate Lierman

Approved by the Governor

HB0819

 (SB0741)

Public Safety - Handgun Permit Review Board - Repeal

Oppose

Testimony

Delegate Atterbeary

Approved by the Governor

HB0888

(SB0707)

Criminal Law – Firearm Crimes – Rapid Fire Trigger Activator

Oppose

Testimony

Delegate Moon

Approved by the Governor

HB1029

Criminal Law - Wearing, Carrying, or Transporting Handgun - Subsequent Offender

 

 

Delegate Branch


Approved by the Governor

HB1302

Public Safety - Extreme Risk Prevention Orders

Oppose  

Delegate Valentino-Smith

Approved by the Governor

HB1646

(SB1036)

Criminal Procedure - Firearms - Transfer

Information Only  

Delegate Atterbeary

Approved by the Governor

 

All legislation

Bill Number

Bill Title

MSI Position

MSI Testimony

Primary Sponsor

Status

HB0023

Baltimore County - Public Schools - Active Assailant Event Training and Drills

No Position

 

Delegate Long

House Ways and Means - Hearing 2/1 at 2:00 p.m.

HB0029

(SB0027)

Firearms - Handgun Permit - Preliminary Approval

Support

 Testimony

Delegate Rey

In the House - Recommitted to Judiciary (Delegate Vallario)

HB0101

(SB0197)

Crimes - Firearms - Penalties

No Position

 

Speaker

House Judiciary - Hearing 2/6 at 1:00 p.m.

HB0119

Calvert County – Hunting – Deer Management Permits

No Position

 

Delegate Clark

Approved by the Governor

HB0398

Public Safety - Handgun Permit - Applicant Qualifications

Support

 

Delegate Saab

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0402

(SB0448)

Public Safety – Firearms Disqualifications – Antique Firearm (Shadé’s Law)

Oppose

Testimony

Delegate Miller, A

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0432

(SB0545)

Public Safety - Grant Programs and Funding (Public Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2018)

No Position

 

Delegate Lierman

PASSED ENROLLED

HB0466

Baltimore City - Micro Stamping, Ammunition Sales - Record Keeping

Oppose

 Testimony

Delegate Ali

In the House - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn

HB0534

Firearms - Right to Purchase, Own, Possess, and Carry - Medical Cannabis (Patients' Rights Act)

No Position

 Testimony

Delegate Grammer

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0636

Bow Hunting - Possession of Handguns for Protection

Support

 

Delegate Vogt

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0647

Public Safety - Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun - Qualifications

Support

 

Delegate Reilly

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0692

Criminal Procedure - Right of Appeal - Unlawful Possession of Firearm

Information Only

 Testimony

Delegate Clippinger

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0724

(SB0604)

Criminal Procedure - Forfeiture of Firearms - Sale to Dealer

No Position

 

Western Maryland Delegation

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0730

Public Safety - Transfer of Handguns

Oppose

 Testimony

Delegate Mosby

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0739

Public Safety - Handgun Permit - Application Fee Exemption

Support

 

Delegate Krebs

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0756

Public Safety - Handguns - Trace Information Database

 

 

Delegate Mosby

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0757

Public Safety - Handguns Used in Crime - Trace Request

 

 

Delegate Mosby

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0758

Public Safety – Handgun Permit – Church or Religious Organization Property

Support

 

Delegate Szeliga

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0760

Handguns - School Employees - Handgun Permits and Carrying Weapons on School Property

Support

 Testimony

Delegate Impallaria

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0792

Firearms - Permit to Wear, Carry, or Transport a Handgun - Expiration and Renewal

Support

 Testimony

Delegate Malone

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0813

Public Safety - Community Program Fund - Firearm Laws

 

 

Delegate Mosby

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0819

 (SB0741)

Public Safety - Handgun Permit Review Board - Repeal

Oppose

Testimony

Delegate Atterbeary

PASSED ENROLLED

HB0825

Public Safety - Disqualifying Crime

Support

Testimony

Delegate Rey

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0888

(SB0707)

Criminal Law – Firearm Crimes – Rapid Fire Trigger Activator

Oppose

Testimony

Delegate Moon

Returned Passed

HB0890

Correctional Services - Parole Eligibility - Violent Crime Involving a Firearm

 

 

Delegate Malone

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB0904

Weapon-Free Higher Education Zones

Oppose

 

Delegate Barnes, B.

Passed House - In the Senate - First Reading Senate Rules

HB0919

Public Safety - Handgun Permit - Renewal

Support

 

Delegate Saab

In the House - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn

HB0991

(SB1062)

Weapon Crimes – Detachable Magazines and Regulated Firearms – Possession

Oppose

Testimony

Baltimore City Delegation

In the House - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn

HB1029

Criminal Law - Wearing, Carrying, or Transporting Handgun - Subsequent Offender

 

 

Delegate Branch

RETURNED PASSED

HB1031

(SB0860)

Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Transfer

Oppose

 

Delegate Dumais

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1145

Public Safety - Handgun Permit - Issuance and Appeal

Support

 

Delegate Rey

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1184

Criminal Law - Theft of a Firearm - Penalty

   

Delegate Beitzel

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1189

(SB0497)

Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Protective Order and Peace Order

Support

Testimony

Delegate Rey

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1302

Public Safety - Extreme Risk Prevention Orders

Oppose  

Delegate Valentino-Smith

Passed Enrolled

HB1337

Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Active, Reserve, or Retired Military

   

Delegate Rose

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1413

Handgun Permits - Firearms Training Courses 

Support Testimony

Delegate Saab

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1431

Public Safety - Handgun Permit - Applicant Qualifications

Support  

Delegate Glass

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1440

Natural Resources - Hunter Safety Instructors - State Park Entrance Fee

Support  

Delegate Glass

Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation

HB1441

Firearms - Right to Purcase, Possess, and Carry - Use of Medical Cannabis

 Information Only Testimony

Delegate Glass

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1474

Driver's Licenses - Revocation for Firearms on School Property

Oppose

 

Delegate Miele

Unfavorable Report by Judiciary

HB1522

Handgun Permits - Universal Recognition

Support

 

Delegate Morgan

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1534

(SB1153)

Handgun Permits - Criminal History Check - Fingerprints

Support

 

Delegate Howard, S.

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1538

Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Scope

Support

Testimony

Delegate Glass

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1551

Public Safety - Assault Weapons - Replacements

Support

 

Delegate Howard, S.

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1562

Peace Orders and Protective Orders - Surrender of Firearms

Oppose

 

Delegate Gutierrez

Unfavorable Report by Judiciary

HB1646

(SB1036)

Criminal Procedure - Firearms - Transfer

Information Only  

Delegate Atterbeary

Passed Enrolled

HB1659

(SB0789)

Public Safety - Rifles and Shotguns - Purchases

Support  Testimony

Delegate Otto

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

HB1724

Gun-Free Higher Education Zones

Oppose  

Delegate Jalisi

House Rules and Executive Nominations

HB1774

Task Force to Study the Effectiveness of the Enforcement on the Possession of Regulated Firearms

   

Delegate Krimm

Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn

HB1801

(SB1226)

Primary and Secondary Schools - Armed School Resource officers

   

Delegate Szeliga

House Rules and Executive Nominations

HB1805

Election Law - Fund-Raising and Donations in Connection With a Campaign - Prohibition on Firearms

   

Delegate Lafferty

House Rules and Executive Nominations

HB1807

(SB1250)

Criminal Law - Threat of Mass Violence and Deadly Weapons on School Property

   

Delegate Sydnor

House Judiciary - Hearing 3/16 at 1:00pm

SB0027

(HB0029)

Firearms - Handgun Permit - Preliminary Approval

Support

Testimony

Senator Hough

Passed Senate - In The House - Recommitted to Judiciary (Delegate Vallario)

SB0074

Criminal Law - Firearms Crimes - Bump Stocks

Oppose

 

Senator Ramirez

In the Senate - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn

SB0099

Public Safety - Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun - Qualifications

Support

Testimony

Senator Norman

In the Senate - Hearing 1/17 at 1:00 p.m.

SB0123

Firearms - Prohibited Possession - Conviction for Harassment

Oppose

 

Senator Zirkin

In the Senate - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn

SB0122

Criminal Law - Comprehensive Crime Bill of 2018

   

Senator Zirkin

Passed Senate - House Appropriations - Hearing 3/27 at 1:00pm

SB0125

Courts and Judicial Proceedings - Interception of Communications - Firearms Crimes

No Position

 

Senator Zirkin

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 1/30 at 1:00pm

SB0126

Criminal Procedure - Right of Appeal - Unlawful Possession of Firearm

Information Only

Testimony

Senator Zirkin

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 1/30 at 1:00pm

SB0156

Public Safety - Handgun Permit - Church or Religious Organization Property

Support

 

Senator Norman

In the Senate - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn

SB0196

Public Safety - Handgun Qualification License - Issuance With Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport

Support

Testimony

Senator Hough

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 1/30 at 1:00pm

SB0197

(HB0101)

Crimes - Firearms - Penalties

No Position

 

President

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 1/30 at 1:00pm

SB0448

(HB0402)

Public Safety - Firearms Disqualifications - Antique Firearm (Shadé's Law)

Oppose

Testimony

Senator Feldman

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/13 at 1:00pm

SB0472

Public Safety - Permit to Wear, Carry, or Transport a Handgun - Expiration and Renewal

Support

Testimony

Senator Hough

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/13 at 1:00pm

SB0497

(HB1189)

Public Safety – Handgun Permits – Protective Order and Peace Order

Support

Testimony

Senator Ready

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/13 at 1:00pm

SB0545

(HB0432)

Public Safety - Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Program Fund - Establishment

No Position

 

Senator Conway

Senate Budget and Taxation - Hearing 2/27 at 1:00pm

SB0602

Firearms – Right to Purchase, Possess, and Carry – Use of Medical Cannabis

No Position

Testimony

Senator Hough

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/13 at 1:00pm

SB0604

(HB0724)

Criminal Procedure - Forfeiture of Firearms - Sale to Dealer

No Position

 

Senator Edwards

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/13 at 1:00pm

SB0707

(HB0888)

Criminal Law – Firearm Crimes – Rapid Fire Trigger Activator

Oppose

Testimony

Senator Ramirez

RETURNED PASSED

SB0741

(HB0819)

Public Safety - Handgun Permit Review Board - Repeal

Oppose

Testimony

Senator Madaleno

RETURNED PASSED

SB0747

Wildlife Management - Shooting at Nighttime

   

Senator Astle

In the Senate - Third Reading FAILED

SB0789

(HB1659)

Public Safety – Rifles and Shotguns – Purchases

Support

 

Senator Edwards

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/22 at 1:00pm

SB0814

Public Safety - Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun - Qualifications

Support

 

Senator Salling

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/22 at 1:00pm

SB0860

(HB1031)

Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Transfer

Oppose

 

Senator Ferguson

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/28 at 3:00pm

SB0907

Public Safety - Firearms Database

Support

 

Senator Waugh

In the Senate - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn

SB0908

Partial Repeal of Firearms Safety Act of 2013

Support

 

Senator Waugh

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/6 at 1:00pm

SB1036

(HB1646)

Criminal Procedure - Firearms - Transfer

Information Only

 

Senator Smith

PASSED SENATE - In the House - Third Reading Passed with Amendments

SB1062

(HB0991)

Weapon Crimes - Detachable Magazines and Regulated Firearms - Possession

Oppose

Testimony

Baltimore City Senators

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/22 at 1:00pm

SB1153

(HB1534)

Handgun Permits - Criminal History Check - Fingerprint Submission Exception

Support

 

Senator Ready

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/29 at 1:00pm

SB1226

(HB1801)

Primary and Secondary Schools - Armed School Resource Officers

   

Senator Jennings

Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing date TBD

SB1250

(HB1807)

Criminal Law - Threat of Mass Violence and Deadly Weapons on Public School Property

   

Senator Lee

PASSED SENATE - House Judiciary - Hearing 4/4 at 1:00pm

SB1262

Public Safety - Background Information for Firearm License Investigations - School Crisis Welfare Officers (School Safety Act 2018: Prevention)

   

Senator Astle

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/23 at 11:30am

SB1263

Public Safety - School Mental Health Services and Mental Disorder Weapon Restraining Order (School Safety Act of 2018: Anticipation)

   

Senator Waugh

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/23 at 11:30am

SB1264

Primary and Secondary Schools - Law Enforcement Presence (School Safety Act 2018: Deterrence)

   

Senator Jennings

Senate Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/23 at 11:30am

 


National Reciprocity Passes the House!

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.

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2017 Legislative Session Recap

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?

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Campus Gun Ban Bill Testimony Videos

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!

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MSI Position on Utilization of the Terrorist Watch List for Gun Sales

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.

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Wear and Carry Permit lawsuit

Maryland Shall Issue (MSI) applauds the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) announcement of its support of a new challenge against the State of Maryland's unfair and discriminatory wear and carry permit system in federal district court.  The case name is Malpasso v. Pallozzi, No. 18-1064 (D. MD).  The Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, which is the NRA's Maryland state organization, is also a named plaintiff. The lawsuit candidly acknowledges that the relief sought "is contrary to Woollard v. Gallagher, 712 F.3d 865 (4th Cir. 2013), but alleges that the Fourth Circuit's decision in Woollard was "wrongly decided" for the "reasons explained in Wrenn v. District of Columbia, 864 F.3d 650 (D.C. Cir. 2017), and that the purpose of the suit is "to seek to have Woollard overturned."  The suit is thus similar to complaints filed by the same counsel in New York (New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Beach, No. 18-134 (N.D.N.Y.)), and in New Jersey (Rogers v. Grewal, No. 18-1544 (D.N.J.)) in which existing adverse Second Circuit and Third Circuit precedent is challenged in the same way. These suits all take advantage of the "circuit split" created by the D.C. Circuit's decision in Wrenn. The resolution of such circuit splits is often the reason that cases are reviewed in the Supreme Court. 

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Medical Marijuana and Guns

With the recent changes in Maryland law concerning medical marijuana, see MD Code, Health - General, § 13-3304 et seq., and the push to legalize the use of marijuana in Maryland, a recurring issue is how such marijuana use would affect your Second Amendment rights.  The short answer is that it may well act to abrogate those rights by (1) barring a FFL from selling a firearm to such a user and (2), by making such a user a prohibited person under federal law.

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