MD "Assault" weapon legislation


October 11, 2006, 01:15 PM
I just came across this article detailing the potential AW ban in Maryland.

Can anyone give me a status report on what's happening in the state legislature?

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October 11, 2006, 01:38 PM
This is Preps in progress by the anti-gun crowd(Networking) prior to Election. They will be successful in Maryland if the Boy Mayor (Martin O'Malley) of Baltimore becomes Gov. He's the missing link!
Pa. ALERT: These same folk here in Cuba on the Chesapeake are assisting those anti-gun Legislators in Pa. to do the same there this year! This is a Nation wide conspiracy! Be on Guard America!

October 11, 2006, 01:49 PM
The link is from 2004 if I'm reading it correctly. The Federal AWB expired in September 2004. If O'Malley wins, we can expect an AWB as soon as the legislative session begins in January. :fire: :cuss: :banghead: I doubt we can beat it back, but we'll sure try. In the meantime save your money and buy before it's too late.

October 11, 2006, 02:19 PM
Man, the deals will be flyin if MOM wins! I was saying that I was going to wait until the legislative session when the ban actually hits the news and starts being debated to buy...but by then the dealers will have a hot, hot market with a ban pending. I might not wait that long...hmm...could be time for an early Xmas present to me. :D

I've converted the wife into a gunny. She'll support that (and yes I'm a lucky man :D).

Assuming MOM wins (and given what we're seeing from Ehrlich's lackadaisical campaign, it's scary likely to happen) it'll be a real dogfight in the Senate. If Vallario is still the Judiciary Chrmn, maybe no bill will get out of the House--but they might risk us Xmas-treeing a CCW bill on their or something similar.

This is of course why getting Dwyer and Smigiel reelected is crucial! They'll keep proposing a CCW bill to counterbalance what the anti-gunnies are up to.

October 11, 2006, 03:01 PM
Well, either way the it swings, I'm going to stop by Futon Armory over the next couple months and pickup a couple striped lowers... (let's see.... 3 months, 1 gun a month) should be able to swing it before the New Year.....that's one birthday present, one Christmas present and one just because I can. :neener:

I can pickup the kits later to put them together. The imporant part is to have the s/n receiver before the ban. :rolleyes:

October 11, 2006, 04:14 PM
Old article: it has Sandy Abrams selling at gun shows, but he lost his FFL earlier this year.

As for the MD status, NO AWB just yet, but the election is key.

October 11, 2006, 04:22 PM
It will only pass if we let it. Fight it! Write your representatives, show up to council meetings, whatever, just GET INVOLVED!!!

In the meantime, I know I'll be getting a PTR91 & a Fulton Armory AR. Maybe even 2 of each...

Harry Tuttle
October 11, 2006, 04:56 PM
didn't cha hear?

The Gazette backed Ehrlich for the Gov

A second term for Governor Ehrlich

Friday, Oct. 6, 2006

It was former Democratic Gov. Parris N. Glendening who often referred affectionately to politics in Maryland as a contact sport. If so, the current race for governor would be no exception.

As the ever-tightening race enters the home stretch, the campaigns of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Martin O’Malley, the mayor of Baltimore, have traded so many charges and countercharges, the voters are ready for the game to be over.

Their records have become blurred in the dust kicked up in the campaign ruckus, with both sides running fast and loose with interpretations of their opponent’s stances on everything from crime fighting to educating children.

After the dust settles, the central question remains: Which individual possesses the right balance of integrity, experience, substance and leadership to govern Maryland?

In our judgment, Maryland is best served by the continuity and the stewardship that would come from re-electing Governor Ehrlich to another four-year term.

To serve as a Republican governor is to serve under siege. After all, the Democrats held the top spot in the state for 40 years prior to Ehrlich’s election and control the legislature.

Regrettably, Ehrlich at times takes the bait, and partisanship rules Annapolis in a most unhelpful manner.

But in the end, when one examines the record, Ehrlich has matured in office, has exhibited the willpower to make difficult decisions and has learned something about moving toward the middle ground.

O’Malley, on the other hand, seems to have been preening for governor since before his tenure as Baltimore’s mayor and has not adequately proven a case for unseating Ehrlich. He is a reformer without a cause with a script better suited for running for the White House than leading the state.

After an unimpressive beginning, his performance as mayor has improved, but he overstates his accomplishments in managing the difficult problems of cleaning up crime, turning around the schools, making city government efficient and bringing real economy to Baltimore. Nobody expected miracles, but O’Malley would have us believe he has delivered them.

His knowledge and solutions for statewide issues make for better sound bites than public policy. For example, his idea of offering $200,000 signing bonuses for principals in low-performing schools typifies the kind of short-sightedness and subtle values conundrum that is O’Malley.

Ehrlich has done a respectable job of spelling out priorities and the ways and means to achieve them.

His record, while not unblemished, has been fair and centrist in the key areas of budget, transportation, economic development, growth management, education, crime and justice and the environment.

On most budget matters, he has been a moderate. Maryland’s governor has considerable sway in shaping the budget and Ehrlich’s approach has been sound, helped by a stable economy and soaring property values.

Ehrlich has also kept an eye on Maryland’s economic future with the Department of Business and Economic Development under the leadership of Aris Melissaratos. With military base expansions throughout Maryland, along with the growth of government-related businesses in the Washington suburbs, the prospects for the state could not be better.

Of note in the traffic-clogged Washington suburbs, Ehrlich held true to his word and got the derailed Intercounty Connector project back on line. The multi-billion-dollar highway, linking Interstates 270 and 95 near Gaithersburg and Laurel, is an essential part of the plan to ease congestion.

Still, the problem of transportation transcends the ICC and Maryland lacks a comprehensive answer and a financing instrument for projects in the pipeline — from the proposed Purple Line rail link, to the Waldorf bypass and the Corridor Cities Transitway, which some day might extend to Frederick.

On environmental issues, his ‘‘flush tax” was a bold stroke to continue efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and Ehrlich worked for tighter restrictions on power-plant emissions.

The governor took a responsible position opposing legislation that would require certain private employers, specifically, Wal-Mart, to provide health insurance. After the legislature overrode his veto of the bill, a federal court struck down the law.

While steadfastly supporting law enforcement, Ehrlich also quietly exercised his powers to pardon nearly 200 convicts, far more than Glendening.

There have been rough patches and inconsistencies. Ehrlich’s decision to cut funding to state colleges forced tuition increases — by as much as 40 percent. Yet he supported expansion for the University of Maryland’s Shady Grove campus and later OK’d spending increases for the university system.

Attempts to reform a juvenile justice system with chronic problems that Ehrlich inherited have been less than stellar.

Administration efforts to fire political appointees in state offices, holdovers from previous Democratic administrations, drew cries of foul, but a legislative investigation has so far uncovered no evidence of wrongdoing.

In four years, Ehrlich has carefully sculpted a moderate image that is fiscally and socially responsible, and demonstrated he is up to the task of leading a changing Maryland for another term.

Copyright © 2006 The Gazette

October 11, 2006, 09:23 PM
God Bless The Gazette.

They are one of the most balanced and rational papers that I've found in Central MD.

October 12, 2006, 12:53 AM
So in a worst case scenario if a ban becomes reality, how soon would it likely take effect? Could it be as soon as January '07, or would the ban likely not be passed until after the first of the year thereby taking effect January '08? At least that's the way most of the anti-gun BS goes here. Once the law is passed it doesn't take effect until 1/1 of the next year.

Geezzzz, I'm getting out of CA in part to escape some of the madness here, but I guess it will be following me to the east coast. :mad:

I sure hope when we move to MD next month it won't take me too long to get my new driver's license so I can pick up a couple items. ;) As soon as I get that new driver's license I'm racing to the gun store as fast as four tires can carry me.

October 12, 2006, 09:38 AM
So in a worst case scenario if a ban becomes reality, how soon would it likely take effect? Could it be as soon as January '07, or would the ban likely not be passed until after the first of the year thereby taking effect January '08?

It won't be immediate because it can't be. Bills need to be proposed, pass the state house & senate & get signed into law. The process usually takes several months or possibly years. The downside to this is unless you have a state-issued collectors lisence, you must wait 30 days between each regulated firearm purchase.:banghead: MD only allows its sheeple, er, citizens, to purchase 12 regulated weapons per year (you CAN buy up to 2 weapons but must wait 60 days afterwards).

All this "for the children" and to fight crime.:rolleyes:

October 12, 2006, 10:00 AM
This year's failed bill (HB 1367) specified that the ban would take effect starting on October 1, 2006 . . . I think that timing was standard with the previous years' bills.

The legislative session for the entire year is over around the end of April, if I remember right, so we would have from the time of the Governor's signing (April/May) until October . . . six months or so.

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