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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Handgun Qualification License ON TRIAL!

We are pleased that the court of appeals has allowed this important Second Amendment challenge to the Maryland Handgun Qualification License (HQL) to proceed to the merits.  We look forward to further proceedings in District Court.

You can read the opinion from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit HERE

Court Uphold's MD's Taking of Rapid Fire Trigger Activators

 

In a sharply split, 2-1 decision, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has held that Maryland may ban the possession of "Rapid Fire Trigger Activators" by existing owners without paying just compensation under Fifth Amendment or the Maryland Constitution.  The majority ruled that no just compensation was owed to existing, lawful owners because the ban “does not require owners of rapid fire trigger activators to turn them over to the Government or to a third party.”  In short, as far as this majority is concerned, the State is free to ban the possession of any personal property without paying just compensation unless the State puts the property into its own pocket or the pocket of a third party.  If that is the law, then no personal property, of any kind, is safe from the grasping clutches of the General Assembly.  For example, the State could ban possession of your existing car and not pay a dime.  The dissenting opinion ably demolishes the majority's reasoning.  Needless to say, we will be seeking further review.

You can read the ruling HERE.  Stay tuned.

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