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Maryland: Governor Signs Bills Attacking Gun Owners’ Due Process Rights

Thursday, May 21, 2009

On Tuesday, May 19, Governor Martin O’Malley (D) signed Senate Bill 267, Senate Bill 268, House Bill 296 and House Bill 302.

These bills require the subject of a final or temporary protective order to surrender his or her firearms to law enforcement until the order expires. Unlike federal law, which allows a person to find other places to dispose of his firearms while an order is in effect, these bills require law enforcement to seize someone’s firearms, even if the subject of the order had no opportunity to participate in a hearing.

Though domestic abuse is undeniably tragic and deplorable, these bills are an unnecessary and unfair overreaction. Under these bills, a victim of false allegations who had no opportunity to contest those charges in court cannot defend himself at home or simply possess his own guns for any other lawful purpose. 

Please contact Governor O’Malley today and respectfully let him know you are concerned about this violation of due process and that you are disappointed in him for signing these bills.  The Governor can be reached by phone at (
410) 974-3901 or toll-free at 1-800-811-8336.  To email the Governor, please visit
http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/.
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