Yesterday, February 26, sportsman from all across the State of Maryland went to the Capitol in droves to speak out against House Bill 517, Maryland’s “Encoded Ammunition Tax Legislation”.
HB517, introduced by State Delegate Emmett Burns (D-10), would require ammunition manufacturers to encode a serial number on all ammunition for regulated firearms sold in the state and register the ammunition to the purchaser. Only shotgun ammunition would be exempted. All non-encoded ammunition privately possessed would have to be disposed of by January 1, 2009. HB517 would also allow the State Police to create an extensive and intrusive database on all ammunition purchasers, paid for by a tax of 5 cents per round.
We want to thank all of our members who took the time to contact the committee members in opposition to this bill, and we especially want to thank those sportsmen who took the trip to the Capitol in defense of their Second Amendment rights.Please continue to check your email and at www.NRAILA.org for updates on this issue.