MSI's President Testifies in Annapolis against Anti-Gun Bills in 2017 GA
MSI's president, Mark Pennak, testified in Annapolis during a recent senate hearing during General Assembly 2017.
SB946 - This is the "Campus Carry" bill that criminalizes any possession of a firearm on public university property. As most of Maryland's largest institutions own property not part of the campus facilities, this potentially puts citizens who happen to be on these non-campus locations in jeopardy. Mark's testimony can be found HERE.
SB224 - This bill changes the definition of a “disqualifying crime” for purposes of imposing a firearms disqualification for second degree assault. Mark's testimony for this bill can be found HERE.
As always your testimony should be personal but Mark's excellent analysis of these two bills provide much in the way of what you can use in your own written or spoken testimony.
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.