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.

Neither irrefutable evidence nor concrete facts are necessary for a person to be included on the Terrorist Watch List. The Terrorist Watch List has no oversight by any court or entity, and is generated by those in the counterterrorism community at their sole discretion. Something as simple as a social media posting or being reported by an “originator” (who can be an ordinary citizen), is enough for inclusion on the Terrorist Watch List. Even the ultra-liberal and virulently anti-gun Huntington Post admits that anyone can end up on the Terrorist Watch List through no fault of their own. The Terrorist Watch List lacks any means for a person to challenge their inclusion on the list, or for a person improperly added to list to facilitate their removal from the list. The Terrorist Watch List is a list of names, not identities. If you have the misfortune to have the same name as a person on the list such as Mickey Hicks (an 8 year old boy), your rights may be inappropriately restricted. The Terrorist Watch List is woefully inaccurate. Nearly 40% of those on the government's terrorist watch list have no affiliation with recognized terrorism groups. Infants, small children, and prominent federal politicians have mistakenly been included on the Terrorist Watch List. Last, you will never know that you are on the Terrorist Watch List until it is too late because the government maintains a general policy to neither confirm nor deny an individual’s watch list status. Imagine if a list could be compiled in secret that would deny people the right to free speech, freedom of assembly, or freedom of religion. The Terrorist Watch List in its current implementation is wholly unsuitable for use as a mechanism by which individuals can have their civil rights suspended without recourse. Until such time as the list can provide: (a) timely due process, (b) a mechanism for removal for those wrongly included, (c) identify individuals and not simply names, (d) shown to be reasonably accurate, and (e) administered with public and judicial oversight, we cannot support its utilization to restrict citizens civil rights.

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Montgomery County Bill 21-22E is in Effect

It is now practically impossible for anyone other than active police officers and security guards to lawfully carry a firearm for personal defense in public within Montgomery County.


On 11/28/2022, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich signed Bill 21-22E into law. The Bill goes into effect immediately. The Bill has now banned the possession, transport, sale or transfer of any firearm in countless locations across Maryland's most populous county. It is now legally very risky to carry a firearm in Montgomery County with a wear and carry permit. Bill 21-22E repealed the prior exemption for permit holders and then imposes its bans on a long list of locations, including within 100 yards of such locations.  It is simply impossible, as a practical matter, to possess and transport a firearm in the County in public with a wear and carry permit in compliance with the County's gun laws. That is because it is nearly impossible to move around the County without entering one or more of the many 100-yard exclusion zones enacted by Bill 21-22E. 

MSI Bill Tracker - 2023 Maryland General Assembly Regular Session

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This tracker follows legislation and lawmakers in the Maryland General Assembly. It serves as an easily searchable gun and self-defense-related bill database for supporters of the right to keep and bear arms.

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