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Maryland Shall-Issue Legislative Update 2-17-06

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  1. Norton

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    Nothing but good news this week!

    Senator Hooper (District 35) has introduced two bills: SB-910 (Castle Doctrine bill - no requirement to retreat), and SB-911 (remove 'good and substantial reason' to make current CCW law shall-issue). This means our best CCW bill is now cross-filed (with HB-1163) which means it can go through the process faster, and has a better chance of going through clean.

    I was under the impression that Senator Brian Frosh could prevent the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee from even voting on our good bills, but I'm assured that is not true. If we get a majority in the committee then the bills can be 'forced' out onto the floor for a vote. We have 5 that we can count on in the committee, and 5 against ... with Senator John Giannetti as the swing vote again. Senator Giannetti is the key to blocking the AWB and the key to getting our good bills out for a recorded floor vote. We're pretty sure he's on our side. Please send him an email, including your name address and phone number, and tell him that you appreciate his help with both blocking the AWB and helping our good gun bills and that you'll help him get reelected. (He's facing strong opposition this year and will appreciate it.) An email will be most respectful of his time. john_giannetti@senate.state.md.us

    Neil Quinter (District 13) introduced his Assault Weapon Ban again this year. The NRA recommends you call: "Delegate Quinter can be reached at (410) 841-3246. Be sure to tell him that you strongly oppose his repeated attacks on the Second Amendment." A phone call is better than an email.

    The AWB has 37 cosponsors. (The same number of cosponsors as our best CCW bill - HB-1163 ... but the AWB is not cross-filed, and our CCW bill is. This is the first year we've had as many cosponsors for a pro bill as they have for an anti.) Also good news ... if the AWB makes it all the way to Ehrlich (very unlikely) and Ehrlich vetoes it then because of the election the veto cannot be overridden in next year's session ... they'd have to call a special session before the election to override his veto .... I don't think they'd do that .... and if they did I don't think they'd get sufficient votes just before the election to override his veto. That's good news, but it still doesn't mean it's dead. We'll have to make sure of that.

    We have never been in this strong a position to get good bills through. We'd better take advantage of the opportunity! We don't know how the elections will turn out. We may not get as good a chance as this to pass good bills for a long time. Get involved, and don't let it slip by us. Contact your legislators.

    Gun Bill Day in the House is set for Wednesday March 8 at 1 PM. We need to have a lot of people show up for the hearings, and would like to have a lot of folks testify. Phil Lee has some great info on testifying here:
    http://www.mcrkba.org/TestifyingInfo.html

    If you are willing to testify -- particularly on HB-1163 (dropping 'good and substantial' for CCW) and HB-1382 (Reciprocity) please let me know - henry@marylandshallissue.org or horseu@earthlink.net.


    Here are the good guys so far:

    Delegates Dwyer, Aumann, Bartlett, Bates, Boschert, Boteler, Cluster, Costa, DeBoy, Eckardt, Edwards, Frank, Gilleland, Glassman, Hogan, Impallaria, Jennings, Kach, Kohl, Krebs, Leopold, McComas, McConkey, McDonough, McKee, Miller, Myers, O'Donnell, Parrott, Shank, Shewell, Smigiel, Sophocleus, Sossi, Stocksdale, Stull, Walkup, and Weldon

    Senators Astle, Brinkley, Colburn, DeGrange, Dyson, Greenip, Hafer, Haines, Hooper, Jacobs, Jimeno, Kittleman, Klausmeier, Mooney, Pipkin and Stone.

    If your elected legislators for your district are among the good guys above then please thank them! An email including your name and address is perfect. To email a legislator go here:
    http://mlis.state.md.us/cgi-win/mail32.exe

    If any of your Delegates for your District are on the Judiciary Committee and have not cosponsored please write, call or email them and ask them to support our pro-self-defense bills:

    Delegate (District)

    Zirkin (11)
    Quinter (13)
    Dumais (15)
    Lee (16)
    Simmons (17)
    Gutierrez (18)
    Petzold (19)
    Menes (21)
    Brown (25)
    Kelley (26)
    Vallario (27)
    Mayer (28)
    McMillan (30)
    Carter (41)
    Rosenberg (41)
    Anderson (43)

    An excellent place to track gun bills is Phil Lee's site. He tracks both the good and bad bills:
    http://www.mcrkba.org/GunBills.html


    ? Find your District and Elected legislators here:
    http://mdelect.net/electedofficials/

    ? Contact info is here by name:
    for Delegates
    http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/hseal.html

    for Senators
    http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/senal.html

    ? Ask your District Delegates to support House Bills 12, 14, 529, 589, 1162, 1163, 1382,
    and to oppose HB1367 (the AWB bill).

    ? Ask your District Senator to support Senate Bills 688, 870, 910 and 911.
     
  2. Spot77

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    This bears repeating as there are a LOT of bills that day, including Quinter's idiotic AWB.


    MD THR members: SHOW UP AT THE HEARINGS.
     
  3. Skeptic

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    Will do my best to be there.

    I have called Qinters office and voiced my disapproval of Qinters AWB and the lady who answered phone said that most people calling did not agree with it.

    What a maroon...
     
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    I plan to be there,and looking forward to testifying.
     
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    Great update Norton, I'm going to post a link up on PGP. We're making more progress than I ever thought we would. Remind me why we should listen to the NRA and the Tripwire faction and just sit on our hands? :rolleyes: :D :D

    Great work everybody. Let's keep the heat on. The fact that Quinter's aide was griping that the AWB is overwhelmingly being shouted down by callers is great news.
     
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    Being a relative newcomer to MD, what is this tripwire faction you speak of?
     
  7. Norton

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    Tripwire is a newsletter service run by Jim Purtilo, a University of MD computer science professor. He has a large mailing list and is the self-annointed voice of gun-owners in MD.

    He is also very closely affiliated with the NRA leadership that has apparently abandoned MD's efforts at CCW reform.

    To quote Forrest Gump....."That's all I have to say about that." :neener:
     
  8. Spot77

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    I wonder if anybody will be in the offices on Monday since it's Presidents' Day?


    Might be a great time to BOMBARD their fax machines with opposition to this bill. They'll come in Tuesday to a stack of faxes to read and file.

    Hopefully the aides that handle this will voice their concern to the reps.
     
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    Toss

    They'll toss'em. All of'em--good, bad, and ugly.
     
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    Funny thing is, they don't.

    I visit Annapolis often, and have seen the tally boards where some delegates track these things, and I've seen faxes from people at MSI on Delegates' desks.

    But what do I know, right? Maybe we should sit back and wait for the NRA to rescue us.
     
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    If tripwire is in bed with the NRA (who is not helping us) then sounds to me like they are just about useless. Old guard fighting the anti gun putzs does not seem to be working very well.

    I say that MSI / PGP / and others are doing much better. I am throwing my support behind them.... what they are doing seems to be working much better.
     
  12. Norton

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    Skeptic,

    I think most of us here have come to the conclusion that we are going to have to be responsible for our own destiny and not rely on the establishment to make things happen.

    I'll let you be the judge of who you should throw your support behind.
     
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    I need to get to know you guys, just moved into Md from Wa State.
     
  14. Norton

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    Welcome aboard! Where are you living in our fair state?
     
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    Hey guy's. I'd like to post my e-mail text to Senator Giannetti here as well, hopefully to inspire others to do e-mail as well.
    FYI, this was my first ever correspondence with an elected official. It was quick and painless and I urge as many members as possible to do it.

     
  16. Norton

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    Here's my lettter to McMillan. It's a bit long-winded, but he's my delegate and I wanted him to have as much of our side of the issue as possible. I'm going to trim it for the other delegates.

     
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    Email to Giannetti:

     
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    My letter to the devil.....I mean Neil Quinter:

     
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    Just got back an error message on Quinter's email. His mailbox "exceeds that allowable limit". I wonder who is sending him all of those emails:evil:
     
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    You're much too kind Norton.

    Hopefully I'll be able to make it down there on the 8th.
     
  21. Capital Punishment

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    I will be there March 8.

    Im sick of my rights being violated in my own hometown and it needs to stop. :cuss:
     
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    Thats funny, I got the same error message back from him :evil:
     
  23. Norton

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    It's not really in my nature, either :p
     
  24. Skeptic

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    Gonna have to stick with what is working. The "establishment" is not cutting it.

    As for the emails that you have written, any problem with others such as myself modifying them to be sent to our respective delagates? It is well crafted and says what needs to be said.
     
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    Feel free to take from them what you can.
     
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