Legislative Alert: "Rapid Fire Trigger Activator" Ban Bills Hearing Scheduled

Legislative Alert: "Rapid Fire Trigger Activator" Ban Bills Hearing - Joint Hearing Room (Department of Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis) 2/28 1:00pm.

These proposed bills would prohibit a person from transporting a certain rapid-fire trigger activator into the State or manufacturing, possessing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing, or receiving a certain rapid-fire trigger activator. They define "rapid-fire trigger activator" as any device, part, or combination of devices or parts that is designed and functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a firearm beyond the standard rate of fire for firearms that are not so equipped, including a bump stock and trigger crank. This language could be construed by a zealous prosecutor to include a replacement competition trigger for an existing, perfectly legal rifle, as such a modification could conceivably "accelerate the rate of fire" by some small amount over the trigger that came with the gun. And does anyone actually know what is meant by "standard rate of fire?" Note that this is a possession offense and there is no grandfather clause, so the bill would apply to all prior purchases of such "devices" covered by the bill, regardless of when such purchases took place.

MSI encourages our members and all who care about firearms rights to contact the committee members and your legislators to voice opposition to this proposed legislation.

On the day of the hearing, witness sign up will be available until 12:30 p.m. in the House Judiciary Committee (House of Delegates Building Room 101). Written testimony can be submitted between 10:00a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to the Joint Hearing Room on the day of the hearing.

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Other bills will be heard in The Senate that day as well. See the MSI gun bill tracker for details on those.

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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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Gray = Position Pending or None Taken

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