Maryland - MSI Update 3-18-07


March 18, 2007, 08:20 PM
1) If you haven't heard the good news, the Assault Weapons Ban SB 43 failed in committee. We should be safe from that one this year.

2) Thanks to Peter, Craig, John, Paul, Ron, Stephen, Cynthia, Alan, Ray, Dale Tom, Regina, Kevin, Joe, Bob, Gordon, Carolyn, Ed, Dave, Brad, Brian, Michael, Lukasz, Jeff, Steve, Christine, Simon, Dan, Don, Ann, and Ken who donated a total of $2615. Thanks!

That was more than enough for Suzanna Hupp's travel. We will use the rest to continue the fight.

We've had a couple of really good days ... the AWB hearing with 202 signed in to testify against it; and the CCW hearing in the House with news coverage of Suzanna Hupp (and one of the security guards put a Self Defense For Maryland - Maryland Shall Issue bumpersticker on the security x-ray machine <g>) ... but we need one more this year. A good turnout for the Senate CCW hearings may move that ahead, and will certainly put an exclamation point on our message to not pass more anti-gun laws.

3) We issued another press release today:

4) One of our Executive Members has made and recorded a radio ad for us. We hope to have it aired on WBAL during the Ron Smith show on Monday and Tuesday, but we were unable to reach the advertising department over the weekend ... stay tuned.

5) Several of you sent me good written testimony which I'll submit on Wednesday. Thanks! Now what we really need is a large turnout for the CCW hearing this Wednesday, especially women.

It's this Wednesday, March 21st at 1 PM in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (same one the AWB hearing was in). Best to sign in and/or turn in written testimony before noon.

Directions on how to get to the House & Senate Buildings are now a link on our Current Actions page, or are accessible directly by going here:

The main thing is just to be there. Dress should be more business than casual. You won't be allowed to wear hats in the hearing room, and your cell phones should be turned off. You won't have to sit in the hearing room if don't want to, they have speakers set up in the hall outside so you can hear what goes on.

You don't have to testify, however anyone who wishes to do so may. It can be as simple as just standing up and saying "I support this bill." You must sign the roster in order to testify orally ... they limit your time (probably 3 minutes). I think you can sign the roster till 12:30 but it's best to get there early (maybe 11 AM) to sign up ... then go have lunch and come back. If you testify orally, do not read a prepared statement - they want to hear you speak, not read. Be calm and polite. The anti-gunners have the impression that gunnies are ignorant and angry ... so angry people saying "I want my guns" is not going to sway them to our side - in fact it will probably do the reverse.

If you wish to submit written (rather than, or in addition to oral testimony) that must be submitted by 12:30 and in at least 20 copies ... if you submit more than 20 copies they will put the extra copies out to be available to the press and other interested parties. The bill number - SB 762 for the shall issue CCW bill, or SB 761 for the 'Castle Doctrine' law - must be prominently written on the top of the cover page of your written testimony.

SB 761 Entitled: Crimes - Self-Defense - No Duty to Retreat or Seek Safety by Escape
Fiscal Note:
Hearing 3/21 at 1:00 p.m.
Authorizing a person charged with a specified crime to assert a claim of self-defense even though the person failed to retreat or seek safety by escape.

SB 762 Entitled: Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Repeal of Finding Requirement
Fiscal Note: Not available at this time
Hearing 3/21 at 1:00 p.m.
Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police find that a person has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun before issuing a handgun permit to the person.

Don't forget that you need to leave pocket knives, etc. in your car (they won't let you in with them, and they won't hold them and return them to you), and that you must have a photo ID to get in.

Please contact me if you need any more information.

- Henry Heymering, President

Maryland Shall Issue, Inc.
P.O. Box 314
Libertytown, MD 21762

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March 18, 2007, 11:10 PM
I'll be there....wouldn't miss it for the world....maybe I'll bring a bag of Nuts to pass out so we can each leave one on the stand after we testify so Frosh remembers that we all heard him put foot in mouth on tv.

March 19, 2007, 10:57 AM
Please sound off if you can make it to the hearings on Wed in Annapolis @ 1PM.

Feel free to PM me for directions and hints for parking.

These bills need your support.....when Citizens show up for a hearing it makes a big statement to the Reps.

March 19, 2007, 11:13 AM
I'm going to try to make it down, I missed the last one.

March 19, 2007, 12:23 PM
Come on down kids!

I need to know how many stickers to make.....

March 19, 2007, 01:37 PM
Directions to the hearings:

From Route 50: Take Exit 24 onto Rowe Boulevard towards Annapolis.

Park by the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium: Turn right at the 2nd light onto Taylor Avenue and then take the 5th right (Gate #5) into the $5 a day parking lot on the far side of the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Walk to the bus stop shelter, where you can catch a free shuttle to the downtown and government buildings. The Shuttle runs every 15 minutes.

There is NO parking available at the Miller Senate, Lowe House, or State House buildings.

Shuttle Bus: Get off the Shuttle at Lawyers Mall. Ask the driver to tell you when you get there (it's about the 5th stop). As you get off the bus at the bus stop, Legislative Services Building will be directly in front of you, and the Lowe House Building will be directly behind you. Crossing the street (College Avenue) at the crosswalk you will go straight down Bladen Street along the left side of the House building 3/4 of it's length to the public entrance.


The entrance to the Senate Building is across Bladen Street from the House

March 20, 2007, 05:51 AM
I'll be there.

March 20, 2007, 08:08 AM
Please sound off if you can make it to the hearings on Wed in Annapolis @ 1PM

Sound off. woop, woop, woop!

I'm there.

March 21, 2007, 01:33 AM
Never give up and never surrender... what are the chances of this thing happening?

Not to discourage people of course, just wondering if I should start saving for a CCW pistol.

Inquisitive minds want to know.

March 21, 2007, 10:25 AM
Just a reminder folks that there are three good bills that we should support in the Senate Judicial Committee Hearing today

SB 761 Sen Hooper, et Crimes - Self-Defense - No Duty to Retreat or Seek
al Safety by Escape
SB 762 Sen Hooper, et Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Repeal of
al Finding Requirement
SB 807 Sen Dyson Property Protection Act of 2007

March 22, 2007, 11:16 PM
Not to discourage people of course, just wondering if I should start saving for a CCW pistol.

Inquisitive minds want to know

Well never hurts to have a pistol that you can carry in OTHER states.....:neener:

April 4, 2007, 01:11 AM
I have lived in Massachusetts for 27 years but still have very strong ties to Annapolis. And I have always wanted to find a way to return to the Bay area. However, much to my bride's disappointment, the gun laws were always a real show stopper. Things aren't even that bad here in the Peoples Republic of Mass! So please press on with your good work! If the Delegates and Reps get serious and loosen up on CCW and AWB laws, I may get serious about moving down and I'll be sure to bring my Republican-Libertarian orientation and voting record. Every vote counts!

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