Proposed "Assault Weapons" Ban in Maryland


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Rodman30
February 5, 2010, 09:01 PM
Update on Proposed “Assault Weapons” Ban in Maryland

Friday, February 05, 2010

On Wednesday, February 3, State Senator Michael Lenett (D-19) introduced Senate Bill 516, a bill that would designate certain firearms as "assault weapons" and would prohibit the possession, transfer or receipt of these firearms by law-abiding Maryland residents. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.



Senator Lenett’s extreme attack on our right should not be taken lightly. Under his proposed legislation, Maryland would adopt policies broader then those imposed under the now defunct Federal Assault Weapons ban of 1994. If passed, the legislation would allow you to keep any preexisting “assault weapon” as long as you agree to register it with the State Police prior to October 1, 2010. A registration system that could be used to wrongly target law-abiding citizens that own a firearm similar to one used in a crime.

Specifically this bill would…

- Prohibit most semi-automatic pistols. The bill defines any semi-automatic pistol as an "assault weapon," if it can be fitted with a threaded barrel. Virtually all modern semi-automatic pistols 9mm and above use barrels that are readily removable and replaceable, of course.

- Prohibit semi-automatic shotguns configured for home protection with a pistol grip and folding stock, regardless of barrel length or magazine capacity.

- Prohibit versions of the AR-15 that are currently legal in California by prohibiting any detachable magazine semi-automatic rifle that could be fitted with a pistol grip. California bans this kind of rifle only if it is fitted with a pistol grip.

- Prohibit anyone who lives outside Maryland from bringing an AR-15, M1A, or other such rifle into the state for lawful purposes, such as a training class or marksmanship competition.

However defined, there are more "assault weapons" in the United States than ever before in our nation's history, and the nation's murder rate is at a 45-year low. In pushing for any "assault weapon" restriction, especially one with a broader definition, gun control supporters prove that they are motivated entirely by their warped ideology and cultural bias against gun owners, and care nothing for the facts or the rights of the American people.

With no coherent reason to ban semi-automatic firearms among honest, law-abiding residents in Maryland, SB 516 is nothing more than posturing by an extreme anti-gun politician looking to take away our Second Amendment rights.

Please contact your State Senator TODAY and respectfully request that they oppose Senate Bill 516! For contact information please click here.

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kingpin008
February 5, 2010, 11:14 PM
Rather than griping about how ready you are to get outta town and how bad the Dems are screwing the nation, how about we get mobilized and let these folks know what we think of the proposed law.

Don't forget, we've won the fight every time so far, but we need to keep up the pressure. The last time we won it was by a slim margin, and we can't afford to waste time going back and forth about nonsense.

Here's the contact info of the Senators involved with the bill. Write them, call them, fax them, email them NOW, and don't stop until this bill dies. Be polite, but be clear - the citizens of Maryland (and those who visit and spend money in Maryland) WILL NOT stand for this crap. Remind them (politely) that this bill is the latest in a long line of FAILED legislation, and that if we have anything to do with it, it will follow in it's predecessor's footsteps as quickly as possible.

Michael G. Lenett - (D) District 19, Montgomery County

James Senate Office Building, Room 202
11 Bladen Street., Annapolis, MD 21401
Email: mike.lenett@senate.state.md.us
Phone: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3151 (toll free)
Fax: (410) 841-3740 & (301) 454-3740

Joan Carter Conway - (D) District 43, Baltimore City

Miller Senate Office Building, 2 West Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3145 (toll free)
e-mail: joan.carter.conway@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3135, (301) 858-3135

Ulysses Currie - (D) District 25, PG County

Miller Senate Office Building, 3 West Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3127 (toll free)
e-mail: ulysses.currie@senate.state.md.us
fax: (301) 858-3733, (410) 841-3733

Nathaniel Exum - (D) District 24, PG County

James Senate Office Building, Room 303
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3148 (toll free)
e-mail: nathaniel.exum@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3149, (301) 858-3149

Brian Frosh - (D) District 16, Montgomery County

Miller Senate Office Building, 2 East Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3124 (toll free)
e-mail: brian.frosh@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3102, (301) 858-3102

David Harrington - (D) District 47, PG County

Miller Senate Office Building, 2 West Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3745 (toll free)
e-mail: david.harrington@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3387, (301) 858-3387

Verna Jones - (D) District 44, Baltimore City

Miller Senate Office Building, Room 420
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3612 (toll free)
e-mail: verna.jones@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3613, (301) 858-3613

Delores Goodwin Kelley - (D) District 10, Baltimore County

James Senate Office Building, Room 302
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3606 (toll free)
e-mail: delores.kelley@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3399, (301) 858-3399

Nancy J. King - (D) District 39, Montgomery County

James Senate Office Building, Room 222
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3686 (toll free)
e-mail: nancy.king@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3670, (301) 858-3670

Richard Madaleno, Jr. - (D) District 18, Montgomery County

James Senate Office Building, Room 203
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3137 (toll free)
e-mail: richard.madaleno@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3676, (301) 858-3676

Nathaniel J. McFadden - (D) District 45, Baltimore City

Miller Senate Office Building, Room 422
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3165 (toll free)
e-mail: nathaniel.mcfadden@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3138, (301) 858-3138

Paul G. Pinsky - (D) District 22, PG County

James Senate Office Building, Room 220
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3155 (toll free)
e-mail: paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3144, (301) 858-3144

Catherine E. Pugh - (D) District 40, Baltimore City

Miller Senate Office Building, 3 East Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3656 (toll free)
e-mail: catherine.pugh@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3738, (301) 858-3738

Jamie Raskin - (D) District 20, Montgomery County

James Senate Office Building, Room 122
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3634 (toll free)
e-mail: jamie.raskin@senate.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3166, (301) 841-3166

Jim Rosapepe - (D) District 21, PG & Anne Arundel Counties

James Senate Office Building, Room 314
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3141, (301) 858-3141
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3141 (toll free)
e-mail: jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us or senator.rosapepe@inbox.com
fax: (410) 841-3195, (301) 858-3195

And please, PLEASE remember to spell-check your letters and emails before they get sent. It's so easy to get carried away with the message and miss a few fumble-fingered typos ( I know I make a ton). These folks are looking for any excuse to ignore or discredit us, let's not help them by letting stuff like 2nd Ammendment end up in the final draft, eh?:what:

hso
February 6, 2010, 12:39 AM
Posts disappear? See the posting requirements at the front of the forum. http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=270671

theQman23
February 9, 2010, 12:07 AM
Hey guys, I called the main number that links into all of these legislative phone "message boxes" and it very conveniently allows you to send the same message to all of them by simply copying another extension number into the system after your main message is left. For this reason, you may want to start off the message by saying, "Dear Legislator" instead of "Hello Mr. so and so or Mrs. so and so" so that you can seem more collected to the legislators when they hear your message. I left mine to Mr. Brian so and so and then copied it to everyone, hopefully the others won't shake it off for that reason.

Call, do it, it's important. I live in MD, I own an AR-15 and a semi-auto Glock and I will sincerely appreciate it if you made this call, and/or sent some emails.

Sincerely,
-Quentin

kingpin008
February 9, 2010, 12:35 PM
Quentin - Good tip! I called many offices last year and talked with actual people (handlers or interns) and left messages, but this must be a new feature of their phone system.

It's also extremely worthwhile to send email and snail-mail. The more we contact these legislators, the more they have to pay attention to us. It only takes a second to make a call and send a message. Let's keep it going!

loadedround
February 14, 2010, 09:46 AM
This poses a very ineresting question. Since Beretta has its USA manufacturing facilities and corporate offices located in Maryland; and since Beretta supplies all our military with it's primary sidearm, how would this ban affect Beretta Corporate, military and civilian sales, plus employment by many maryland residents. Gentlemen, this is real food for thought.

jmortimer
February 14, 2010, 10:08 AM
With all the good news we have around the country regarding the Second Amendment we still have a few "weenie" state like ********** where I live and Maryland and a couple others. It does sound worse than our "assult" weapons ban here. But the tide is definitely going in the right direction for most states. I know I'm probably not supposed to mention the "theme" you can clearly see in the list Kingpin008 posted but we have the same "theme" here in ********** and it starts with a "(D)" -

Old Fuff
February 14, 2010, 11:08 AM
This came up before several years ago in the form of internal locks. Beretta made some hints about moving, and the whole thing quickly died. However I don't believe that Beretta makes (so-called) Assault Weapons for the civilian market. That said, telling Maryland legislators of what might happen wouldn't hurt. With the economy the way it is they should be reminded that an anti-gun attitude could be reflected in job losses.

devildog32713
February 14, 2010, 11:32 AM
What exactly is their objective? They are running around in a circle, with no flight plan..
They are trying to check corner angles in a circular room....it won't ever amount to anything

ThePunisher'sArmory
February 14, 2010, 11:54 AM
Well you know what i would do. I would try and call....but they wont listen. Id try and email........but they wont listen. Id try and write........but they wont listen. If the bill got passed.......I wouldnt listen or abide. None of my so-called assault weapons would be kept from me....a free man. No suppressing power can take ANYTHING from me. They just want to turn everyone there into subjects....not citizens. Remember this at election time........not that that would do anything. An ELECTION is a mere facade to let the people think they are in controll.

devildog32713
February 14, 2010, 12:58 PM
I'll call, we are all in this together..

loadedround
February 14, 2010, 04:28 PM
Old fuff: Please read the original bill. It has defined any semi-automatic pistol or shotgun as an assault weapon. Beretta makes more than several models of semi-auto pistols and shotguns for the civliian market. Therefore my post. I doubt if Beretta would stay in Maryland and put up with this crap.

theQman23
February 14, 2010, 10:50 PM
Please, everyone, call and leave a polite, but clear message that telling us what kind of gun we can and can not use to hunt, target shoot with, or defend ourselves with is not a right they have as legislators. Please do this. When Florida tried to do a general funds sweep on all of the CCW money produced by the dept of Agr. down there, many many thousands of people called from all around the country in protest, since it was money they spent and they thought it was going to pro-gun education and use, and we (thousands) of florida card holders promised to never renew if they swept the funds. If one or two people call, you're right, nothing happens. But when thousands call, it gets their attention. We won in FL, because of the shear volume of outcry. Everyone, please, MD resident or otherwise, make one polite and clear message on that voice system, and then sent it to all of the extensions listed. What can happen here can happen anywhere.
Sincerely,
Concerned gun owner

kingpin008
February 14, 2010, 11:09 PM
Well you know what i would do. I would try and call....but they wont listen. Id try and email........but they wont listen. Id try and write........but they wont listen.

Except that they have. They don't like it, but we've beaten them every. single. time. that this has come up. We've beaten them because people have called, and emailed, and written. Even if there wasn't a chance in hell, we'd still call and write and email.

jmortimer
February 15, 2010, 01:01 AM
Fight the good fight. Don't give up. I hate to say it but my $$$ is on the democrats - I hope I'm wrong. It is bad enough here in California and I hate to see any State end up like this one.

lloveless
February 15, 2010, 07:31 AM
jmortomer,
I just finished a work contract in your area 1/10. Your attitude is very prevalent in Cali. in spite of overwhelming numbers of people who are pro-gun. Every bit as much as in Tn or Tx. The difference lies in the fact that ya'll are too laid back, and let a few people ruin your state.
ll

Victor1Echo
February 15, 2010, 09:40 AM
let a few people ruin your state.
You'd be supprised how much the Israeli AIPAC funded candidates can do.

Beelzy
February 15, 2010, 09:46 AM
Did anyone call Beretta yet??

jmortimer
February 15, 2010, 10:11 AM
jmortomer,
I just finished a work contract in your area 1/10. Your attitude is very prevalent in Cali. in spite of overwhelming numbers of people who are pro-gun. Every bit as much as in Tn or Tx. The difference lies in the fact that ya'll are too laid back, and let a few people ruin your state.
ll
lloveless - where were you here in ********** working? Actually, California has a strong guns rights base - we are just out numbered - there is basically "Western Caliornia" controlled by liberals and where the majority of the population lives (Orange County only exception) and "Eastern California" which is much more conservative. When it comes to stupid gun laws, taxes, laws forcing our children to be indoctrinated with perverse ideas in schools, the liberals here know no shame. Our State is bankrupt and the "Governator" is an idiot. Our "grassroots" gun activism is there but, again, we have way too many liberals.

Cel
February 15, 2010, 02:30 PM
I am from NC and would like to know what would be the best avenue I could take to help you Maryland citizens out. I travel to Maryland about 5 or 6 times a year as I have family up there. This definitely needs to be defeated.

kingpin008
February 15, 2010, 04:54 PM
Cel - As an out-of-stater they're probably not going to listen to you very closely, but you can call them up and tell them how much money you bring in to the state on your trips, and how much you'll be taking away when you stop coming.

Whether or not you actually -will- stop coming is of course up to you, but as mentioned earlier in reference to Beretta, the economy isn't the best right now and it will pay to point out the economic losses that this bill would bring about in terms of tourist revenue.

Thanks for your willingness to help!

kingpin008
February 15, 2010, 06:05 PM
ATTENTION: Fox News Baltimore just had a segment on the proposed legislation. I wasn't able to catch all of it, but they've got a poll up on their website right now that we should all weigh in on.

Remember: Keep it short and sweet, and BE POLITE. These replies have a chance to make it on the air, so don't act the fool. :) Chest-beating isn't going to help us.

IMPORTANT: Don't just click the link - open a new window, then copy-paste the URL in the new window.

www.foxbaltimore.com/newsroom/poll/qod_form.shtml

Let's hit it!

Cel
February 15, 2010, 07:50 PM
Kingpin~Will do! I actually lived in Maryland for 8 months. I stayed about 10 minutes away from the Beretta factory in Bryans Road! Hope you citizens defeat this bill.

Mr.Davis
February 15, 2010, 08:13 PM
Haha, the poll is currently 98.6% to 1.4% in favor of the individual RKBA!

I suggest keeping your comments short and sweet. They never use long rambles on the air.

kingpin008
February 15, 2010, 08:45 PM
Cel - Thanks man, every bit helps. You said you have family here - what about getting them to write and call?

kingpin008
February 15, 2010, 08:53 PM
Would anybody be able to help me figure out some things?

I'm drafting a letter in my head, and the more I think about it I really think that presenting these legislators with some cold, hard economic numbers might scare them into dropping this.

Specifically, I'm looking for:

*The amount of jobs MD would lose if Beretta left the state.

*The amount of revenue MD would lose if Beretta left the state.

*The number of gun shops in the state of MD.

*The amount of revenue derived from the firearm sales in the state.

I'm trying to find out these things for myself, but I also have a HUGE amount of make-up school work to thanks to the freakish amounts of smow we got recently. Once I get the numbers, I can start drafting the letter, and post it up here for folks to use as a template.

Thanks!

Cel
February 15, 2010, 09:06 PM
Kingpin~I will definitely do that and best of luck! Keep us updated on this one!

benEzra
February 16, 2010, 10:09 AM
Those of you in-state, these figures from the FBI might be useful when writing to your legislators. These are for 2008, the latest year for which full data is available.


From FBI Uniform Crime Reports
Table 20, Murder, by State and Type of Weapon

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/data/table_20.html

Maryland

Total murders...............................493
Handguns....................................328
Edged weapons................................61
Blunt Objects/Misc. Weapons..................51
Hands, fists, feet, etc......................28
Shotguns.....................................13
Firearms (type unknown).......................8
Rifles........................................4

Tell me again how rifle handgrips and magazines that stick out are such a crime problem in Maryland...

Michael Thomson
February 16, 2010, 09:19 PM
http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=5412

Senate Bill 516- "Assault Weapons" Ban WITHDRAWN by Sponsor

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Thanks to the massive opposition and outcry against this extreme anti-gun bill, the sponsor has elected to withdraw the legislation. Senate Bill 516 would have prohibited the possession, transfer or receipt of these firearms by law-abiding Maryland residents.

Specifically this bill would have…

- Prohibited most semi-automatic pistols. The bill defines any semi-automatic pistol as an "assault weapon," if it can be fitted with a threaded barrel. Virtually all modern semi-automatic pistols 9mm and above use barrels that are readily removable and replaceable, of course.

- Prohibited semi-automatic shotguns configured for home protection with a pistol grip and folding stock, regardless of barrel length or magazine capacity.

- Prohibited versions of the AR-15 that are currently legal in California by prohibiting any detachable magazine semi-automatic rifle that could be fitted with a pistol grip. California bans this kind of rifle only if it is fitted with a pistol grip.

- Prohibited anyone who lives outside Maryland from bringing an AR-15, M1A, or other such rifle into the state for lawful purposes, such as a training class or marksmanship competition.

This is a well deserved victory for Maryland’s law-abiding gun owners but we still must remain vigilant to the threats posed by a multitude of anti-gun bills still making their way around the Maryland General Assembly.

Spot77
February 16, 2010, 09:33 PM
MSI and AGC, as well as our friends in the VCDL have sent truckloads of opposition to this bill.


We got the right votes where we needed them, and the legislature won't want to waste their time with 500 gunnies showing up to testify again. It'll make them look foolish, and the media will have no choice but to show the strength of the opposition.

kingpin008
February 16, 2010, 09:33 PM
WAHOO!! We win again! :D:D:D:D:D

Excellent work, all.

Spot77
February 16, 2010, 09:37 PM
KP008, thanks for being the go-to guy over here on this.

kingpin008
February 16, 2010, 09:48 PM
Spot - Not a problem. Happy to help. :)

jmortimer
February 17, 2010, 12:48 AM
Thank God - Glad I was wrong. Second Amendment is definitely on the rise.

Norton
February 17, 2010, 07:23 AM
Thank God - Glad I was wrong. Second Amendment is definitely on the rise.

We still have a lot of work to do, but this is a definite step in the right direction.

Rodman30
February 17, 2010, 11:44 AM
Glad to hear it,we must remain strong togather

Spot77
March 25, 2010, 07:40 PM
.....has gone down in flames.

HB 820 received an unfavorable vote in the House Judiciary today. Md Gun owners, being led by Maryland Shall Issue, Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore and Delegate Mike Smigiel showed opposition like the statehouse has rarely seen before. Great job getting this draconian bill put in its grave!

The bill:

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Maryland General Assembly Introduces Gun Safety Act of 2010 - Or the Scarlet G for Gunowner Bill of 2010


Senator Brian Frosh (D), District 16 Montgomery County and Chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, and Delegate Sandy Rosenberg (D), District 41, Baltimore City have introduced the Gun Safety Act of 2010.

This proposed legislation would fundamentally change the face of gun ownership in the State of Maryland as no bill has in the last 10 years.

Now that the text of the bills have been released, we can give you our full response.

HB820
SB645


Highlights:

1. An individual with more than one DUI conviction may not purchase a firearm within 5 years after an alcohol-related conviction.

2. Maryland State Police shall inspect each state-licensed gun dealer at least once every two years to ensure compliance with gun law. Cost of inspection shall be covered by licensing fees, which may be increased as necessary.

3. Gun dealers shall provide records of their inventories and sales to aid State Police inspectors.
The records shall include:
(I) the name and address of each person from whom the dealer acquires a firearm and to whom the dealer sells or otherwise disposes of the firearm;
(II) a precise description including the make, model, caliber, and serial number of each firearm acquired; and
(III) the date of each acquisition, sale, or other disposition.

4. Law enforcement officials may use body-wires to collect evidence against gun traffickers and would be traffickers.5. Penalties for illegal sale or transfer of firearms increased from 1 year, $1,000 to 5 years, $10,000.

6. Ignorance of the requirements to conduct background checks of firearm purchasers shall not be a defense for individuals charged with illegally selling guns.

7. Individuals buying handguns shall secure a handgun purchasing license before acquiring a handgun. Licenses may be issued by local police or Maryland State Police. Police shall secure fingerprints, verify IDs, and conduct background checks. Licensing fees shall be set at a level to cover costs.
(the following is paraphrased in places)

(A) A regulated firearms dealer or person may only sell or transfer a handgun to another person if the purchaser or transferee presents to the seller or transferror a valid Maryland driver's license with an approved handgun
purchase designation or photographic identification card with an approved handgun purchase designation issued to the purchaser or transferee by the Motor Vehicle Administration.

(B) A person may only purchase or receive a handgun if the person:

(1) Possesses a valid Maryland driver's license or state issued ID as outlined in (A).

(C) The MVA shall issue a driver's license with an approved handgun purchase designation or photographic ID with an approved handgun purchase designation.

(D) In order to obtain the required driver's license designation or state issued ID card an applicant must submit the following to a state or local law enforcement agency.
(1) A completed application on a form provided by the Secretary (of the Maryland State Police)
(2) A non-refundable fee set by the Secretary
(3) Proof of satisfactory completion of a firearms safety training course approved by the Secretary
(4) A complete set of the applicant's legible fingerprints to be taken by a state or local law enforcement agency
(5) Any other identification or documentation required by the secretary
(6) A statement made by the applicant under the penalty of perjury that the applicant is not prohibited under federal or state law from possessing a handgun
(G) Provides for the revocation of the handgun approval designation and the surrender of the driver's license or state issued photographic ID if the Secretary determines that the licensee no longer meets the qualifications set forth in the rest of the bill.
8. Felons illegally possessing any firearms shall be subject to a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

whalerman
March 25, 2010, 09:11 PM
It looks like the people of Maryland have lost their Second Ammendment rights. Congratulations to the lawmakers of Maryland.

Nothing personal. I'm from NY. Unless you sell drugs or otherwise ignore the law, we lost our freedom long ago. I urge all of you in the free states to remember this when you vote.

Mandolin
March 25, 2010, 09:35 PM
The bill was defeated, did you miss that part?

kingpin008
March 25, 2010, 10:47 PM
What Mandolin said. This entire thread is evidence of how hard Marylanders will fight to retain our 2A rights, and how effective we are at it. Next time you may want to read a little more closely before commenting.

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