Montgomery County Residents, YOUR VOICES ARE NEEDED

Bill 4-21 threatens every gun owner in Montgomery County. Your testimony against this bill is needed before the Montgomery County Council!

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The Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing on Bill 4-21, "Weapons - Protection of Minors and Public Places - Restrictions Against Ghost Guns and Undetectable Guns" (bill text is HERE) on February 9th at 1:30pm (tentative date). Among other things, the bill would criminalize possession of gun parts virtually everywhere within the county, including your own home. It'd likewise penalize the possession of computer code and restrict what parents and other adults may teach or show their children. Current State law allows business owners and supervisory employees to possess a firearm at their business without a carry permit. Yet, this bill would ban that right completely, requiring these businessmen and women to obtain a carry permit just in order to possess any firearm (not merely a ghost gun) anywhere in their business premises.  We've seen a lot of bad and dangerous legislation over the years, but this is easily among the worst. For a more in-depth look at just how terrible this bill is, read our testimony against Bill 4-21 HERE.

MSI will not let this bill go unchallenged, but stopping the bill from becoming law requires individuals to step up and be heard. We cannot do this alone! It is imperative that the residents of Montgomery County tell the Council how this bill will affect their lives. SIGNUP TO TESTIFY HERE. Be sure to fill in your information, the hearing's date of 02/09/2021, and enter Bill 4-21 in the Hearing Topic field as pictured below.

 
You can either upload a document or record a video no longer than 3 minutes in length. The rules for submitting testimony are on the right-hand portion of the signup page. Don't assume that enactment is a foregone conclusion. Testify to persuade. Some tips:
  • Remember that you're an ambassador for the 2nd Amendment. Civility is a necessity. 
  • Briefly introduce yourself and where you're from.
  • Respectfully speak your mind.
  • Drive home how the bill personally affects you.
  • Use your personal experiences and expertise to advocate from positions of strength. 
  • If you are doing a video, dress in a manner appropriate for the occasion.
We will continue to keep everyone up-to-date on developments. If this bill becomes law, we will need individuals (residents of Montgomery County) who are willing to step forward and be plaintiffs in order to challenge it in court. For more information, email us at . Stay tuned.

Latest News

The Dangers of Maryland's Carry Laws

On August 12, 2021, Maryland's highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled that a violation of Md. Criminal Law § 4-203(a)(1)(i) is a strict liability crime. Put simply, if one has a handgun on or about them and is not authorized to do so, they are guilty of violating the law. The case is Lawrence v. State, 471 Md. 101 (2021).

Section 4-203 is the statute that broadly prohibits the wear, carry, or transport of handguns within the State. Specifically, § 4-203(a)(1)(i) states:

 (a)    (1)    Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a person may not:

            (i)    wear, carry, or transport a handgun, whether concealed or open, on or about the person;

There are a few exceptions to this ban (found in subsection (b) of Section 4-203), such as one having a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit, possession in the home or business (by the business owner), or when transporting an unloaded handgun (kept in an enclosed case or enclosed holster) between a gun shop and one's residence or from their residence to a gun range. But, outside these sharply limited exceptions set out in subsection (b), the passage above otherwise broadly criminalizes having a pistol on (or about) the person. 

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MSI v. Montgomery County Update

On June 16, 2021, we filed an emergency motion for partial summary judgment on three of our counts against Montgomery County's enactment of Bill 4-21. The motion seeks to enjoin the County from enforcing their new illegal laws which will go into effect on July 16th without action from the Court. Find the motion HERE and the memorandum in support HERE. As we have stated previously, we will not sit idle while politicians make criminals of ordinary and law-abiding residents. You can learn more and find updates about this case at tinyurl.com/msivmoco.

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