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Maryland Bill Seeks To End Mandatory Ballistic Imaging

Friday, February 25, 2005

Next Tuesday, March 1, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will be considering two bills of great importance to gun owners. Senate Bill 424 would repeal the current law requiring that all handguns undergo "ballistic imaging" before they are sold, which has resulted in a reduced number of handguns being shipped into the state for sale. This law has imposed great hardships on both law-abiding gun owners, and Maryland taxpayers, and should be repealed. Please let your Senator know that you strongly support this bill.

The Committee will also consider SB 732, the Police Officer Protection Act of 2005. This legislation proposes to make it a crime for failing to report a lost or stolen gun within 48 hours after discovering the loss or theft. Please be sure to tell your lawmakers that they need to crack down on criminals who steal guns, not on law-abiding victims from whom guns are stolen, and urge them to oppose this bill.

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