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Proposed "Assault Weapons" Ban in Maryland

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  1. Rodman30

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    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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    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:
     
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    voice system when calling the legislators

    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
     
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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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    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)" -
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    I'll call, we are all in this together..
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    You'd be supprised how much the Israeli AIPAC funded candidates can do.
     
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    Did anyone call Beretta yet??
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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!
     
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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Cel - Thanks man, every bit helps. You said you have family here - what about getting them to write and call?
     
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