December Update

Get Ready for the 2022 Legislative Session

Now more than ever, it's critical that supporters of the Second Amendment make their positions known before our lawmakers. Testimony for this legislative session continues to be conducted virtually via Zoom. While this may blunt the emotional impact of in-person testimony, it also provides an opportunity for more citizens to have their voices heard in Annapolis. If you have a quiet space and a good internet connection, you too can make an impact. To prepare your testimony, use our helpful guide to navigate the process. Included are key tips to make your oral and written testimony impactful and strong.

Our '22 Gun Bill Tracker is up and running to keep you up to date throughout the legislative session. The first pre-filed bills (those filed ahead of session) will be made available to be posted soon. Gun Bill updates are added to the tracker including MSI's testimony, how lawmakers vote, and how to contact them.

January Membership Meeting

MSI Members are invited to join us virtually on Saturday, January 8th at 1:30p for our next meeting. We will provide an in-depth look at what to expect and how to participate during the Maryland General Assembly's 90-day Legislative session that begins January 12th. Members will receive a meeting link via email prior to the event. Get the latest updates on MSI lawsuits as well as other happenings which affect your right to keep and bear arms. As always, questions and comments are encouraged. Not a member yet? Join today!

Badge Renewals at the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore

Current AGC badge holders must renew their badges by January 31st to keep current and can renew HERE. Stickers for renewing members renewing can be obtained during range operating hours. Renewing members are not required to do another range orientation (but it is always a good idea to brush up on the rules!). All new range badge buyers must complete a range safety orientation.
The next available orientation day is January 16th. Please sign up here:
Read more about AGC membership requirements HERE.

The AGC is a great place to shoot and continues to improve its grounds and add new events. Do not miss out on MSI range events in the coming year!

Latest News

US Supreme Court Orders Response from MD Attorney General Brian Frosh in "Assault Weapon" Ban Challenge

On January 14, the Supreme Court ordered the Maryland Attorney General to file a response to the petition for certiorari filed by plaintiffs in Bianchi v. Frosh, No. 21-901. In that case, plaintiffs are challenging Maryland's "assault weapon" ban as unconstitutional.

That order means, at the minimum, that at least one Justice on the Court wants a response. It also likely means that the Court will hold this petition pending a decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen, No. 20-843, in which the Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of New York's "good cause" requirement for carry permits. Holding Bianchi would be consistent with the hold that the Court has apparently placed on the petition filed in the New Jersey "large-capacity magazine" case, ANJRPC v. Bruck, No. 20-1507. The petition in that case has been pending in the Supreme Court since April of 2021. All of this is good news. A decision in Bruen this Spring may mean that the Court will thereafter vacate the lower court decisions in both Bianchi and ANJRPC and remand for further consideration in light of Bruen. At least, we hope that is the outcome.

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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