Maryland Shall Issue - Update 1/30/12 - Bill Summaries


January 30, 2012, 05:13 AM

In this issue:

1. Open Holster Rally
2. MSI Debuts New Website
3. House Bills 2012
4. Senate Bills 2012

1. Open Holster Rally

Many thanks to those that came out to support the Open Holster Rally and braved the cold to defend the rights of Maryland gun owners. With about 100 in attendance, we would have obviously liked to have seen more but those that came were part of the solution towards reforming Maryland's antiquated and biased policies on the right to self-defense.

Attendees were treated to inspiring words from Charles Lollar, Delegate Mike Smigiel, Delegate Don Dwyer, Jane Weaver of the Second Amendment Sisters and Anne Arundel County Councilman Jerry Walker who outlined many different aspects of the legislative, judicial, social and Constitutional considerations of the right to keep and bear arms effort in Maryland. We thank them all for taking time from their busy schedules to support MSI.

A huge thanks from our whole community goes to the MSI members who stayed in downtown Annapolis all day with their blue shirts on, handing out literature and talking about Maryland's current laws and how out of step the state is compared to the rest of the country.

You can see some pictures of the event by going to our Facebook page at the bottom of this email.

2. MSI Debuts New Website

Please take the time to visit our completely re-vamped webpage at

3. House Bills 2012

HB-45 ( - Handgun Permits - Qualifications - Presumption and Burden of Proof - SUPPORT

No Hearing Scheduled

Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police base a finding that an applicant for a handgun permit has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun on an investigation; establishing a presumption that an applicant for a handgun permit has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for the purposes of qualifying for a handgun permit; and establishing that the Secretary has the burden of specified proof.

HB -208 ( - Baltimore City Public School System - Governance - NO POSITION

This is just a functional bill that rewords some of the language in this part of the existing code. It's only filed as a "gun bill" because this section of the code authorizes Baltimore City Schools Police Officers to carry a firearm. There's nothing of interest for our folks.

HB-209 ( - Public Safety - Possession of Firearms - Crimes Committed in Other States - NO POSITION

No Hearing Scheduled

Prohibiting a person from possessing a regulated firearm, rifle, or shotgun if the person was previously convicted of an offense under the laws of another state or the United States that would constitute a crime of violence or a violation of specified provisions of law if committed in this State.

This bill modifies HB-241 that passed last year. HB-241 specified that anyone convicted of any of a series of enumerated crimes of violence would be prohibited from owning any firearm. HB-209 extends that to include convictions in other states. We have reservations about how a correlation will be drawn between offenses in other states, where the crime may not be a disqualifying crime, and Maryland code. However, it's likely that the trial attorneys, including many of the members of the General Assembly who are attorneys, are going to put this one to rest and it is better left to them.

HB-256 ( Regulated Firearms - License Issue By Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virgina - Reciprocity - SUPPORT

No Hearing Scheduled

Specifying that a license to carry a regulated firearm, including a concealed regulated firearm, issued to an individual by Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia is valid in Maryland.

We'll have more on this bill in the very near future.

HB-300 ( - Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Renewal Period For Retired law Enforcement - POSITION PENDING

4. Senate Bills 2012

SB-64 ( - Public Safety -Machine Gun Registration - Notice To Renew - SUPPORT

Hearing Scheduled for Thursday, February 2 at 1:00pm

Requiring the Secretary of State Police, on or before March 15 in each year succeeding the registration of a machine gun, to notify the registrant in writing of the requirement to renew the registration.

Background on this bill:
A person who acquires a machine gun must register the machine gun with the Secretary of State Police within 24 hours after acquiring the machine gun and in each succeeding year during the month of May. The Secretary of State Police is required to prepare and, on request of an applicant, furnish an application form for registration.

What we need you to do:

•Contact the members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
Dial 1-800-492-7122 + Ext. number

Brian E. Frosh (C) (D)-16 2E Miller Senate Office Bldg.
Ext. 3124

Lisa A. Gladden (V-C) (D)-41 2 E Miller Senate Office Bldg.
Ext. 3697

James Brochin (D)-42 221 James Senate Office Bldg
Ext. 3648

Jennie M. Forehand (D)-17 223 James Senate Office Bldg
Ext. 3134

Joseph Getty (R)-05 401 James Senate Office Bldg.
Ext. 3683

Nancy Jacobs (R)-34 323 James Senate Office Bldg.
Ext. 3158

Victor Ramirez (D)-47 303 James Senate Office Bldg.
Ext. 3745
Jamin B. Raskin (D)-20 122 James Senate Office Bldg.
Ext. 3634

Christopher Shank (R)-02 402 James Senate Office Bldg.
Ext. 3903

Norman R. Stone, Jr. (D)-06 216 James Senate Office Bldg.
Ext. 3587

Bobby Zirkin (D)-11 301 James Senate Office Bldg.
Ext. 3131

•Tell them that this is common sense legislation that protects Maryland citizens who go to extraordinary lengths to comply with both state and federal laws in order to own these firearms.

•Tell them that there is no reason that the Maryland State Police can not manage this from a logistical and fiscal standpoint. There are 928 machine guns registered in the state of Maryland. If the emissions program can send out thousands of reminders every year for the $14 inspection fee, the Maryland State Police can send out 928 reminders.

•Tell them that the cost of sending these reminders is ultimately cheaper than enforcement against those law-abiding Maryland gun owners who forget to mail in their annual registration for their machine guns.

Maryland Shall Issue, Inc. (
1332 Cape Saint Claire Road #342
Annapolis, Maryland 21409

Mission Statement: Maryland Shall Issue is an all volunteer, non-partisan effort dedicated to the preservation and advancement of all gunowners' rights in Maryland, with a primary goal of CCW reform to allow all law-abiding citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon; and to the education of the community to the awareness that 'shall issue' laws have, in all cases, resulted in decreased rates of violent crime.

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January 30, 2012, 03:54 PM
Comment on SB-64:

Maryland's state registration of machine guns is similar to that of Virginia, since both schemes are based on the Uniform Machine Gun Act. Virginia used to have annual re-registration, but that was abolished some years ago. It really served no purpose. Now we have one registration, within 24 hours after acquisition, and it's good once and for all. Why call for notification for annual renewals, when you can just try to abolish renewal altogether, using Virginia's experience as a model?

January 30, 2012, 10:41 PM
Hi Alexander,

This is what is obtainable given the circumstances in the General Assembly. As you know, there's quite a bit of difference between the composition of our legislature and the Old Dominion's.

We'll get there one day.

Jim K
January 30, 2012, 11:07 PM
Come on. folks. The MSP, led by O'Malley, would descend on Annapolis and wipe out the General Assembly before they would accept a "shall issue" law.

Sure I am kidding, I think. But I remember that during one rally at the State House, a MNG helicopter circled overhead with a man in civilian clothes taking pictures and a Guardsman standing by an M60 machinegun ready to cut us down if he thought we might vote against the liberal establishment.


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