Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Update on Proposed “Assault Weapons” Ban in Maryland

Friday, February 5, 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.

TRENDING NOW
House-Passed NDAA includes Anti-Gun Provisions

News  

Sunday, September 26, 2021

House-Passed NDAA includes Anti-Gun Provisions

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual defense bill that directs funding for our nation’s military.

Biden Administration Asks the U.S. Supreme Court to Judicially Nullify the Right to Bear Arms

News  

Monday, September 27, 2021

Biden Administration Asks the U.S. Supreme Court to Judicially Nullify the Right to Bear Arms

On September 21, the Biden Administration filed an amicus brief in the pending U.S. Supreme Court case of New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, supporting New York’s draconian and unconstitutional restrictions on the right to bear ...

NRA Reacts to the Withdrawal of the David Chipman Nomination

News  

Thursday, September 9, 2021

NRA Reacts to the Withdrawal of the David Chipman Nomination

The NRA applauds the reported withdraw of David Chipman's nomination to head the ATF.

DOJ Releases Biden Gun Confiscation Order Legislation

News  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

DOJ Releases Biden Gun Confiscation Order Legislation

DOJ has made clear that Garland’s selective definition of “civil rights” has no room for the Second Amendment...

California: Governor Newsom Signs Anti-Privacy Legislation

Friday, September 24, 2021

California: Governor Newsom Signs Anti-Privacy Legislation

Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 173 into law, giving researchers access to a host of information on gun owners, including personal identifying information.

CNN Pushes Chinese Communist Party Line on Guns

News  

Monday, September 27, 2021

CNN Pushes Chinese Communist Party Line on Guns

CNN’s anti-gun bias, including a willingness to fake stories to push gun control, has been apparent for decades.

Firearms in Common Use

News  

Monday, September 27, 2021

Firearms in Common Use

Think of the foremost applications of a firearm. Self-defense and protection have become the primary motivation for Americans’ acquisition of firearms, but the prevalence of defensive gun use remains disputed.

Biden Administration Bans Importation of Russian Ammunition

News  

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Biden Administration Bans Importation of Russian Ammunition

The Biden Administration’s Department of State announced that it will soon prohibit the importation of Russian ammunition into the United States. According to a release on the Department of State’s website, “[n]ew and pending permit applications ...

NY AG: “In Some Parts of New York State, You Can Find a Gun More Easily Than You Can Find an Apple”

News  

Monday, September 27, 2021

NY AG: “In Some Parts of New York State, You Can Find a Gun More Easily Than You Can Find an Apple”

Back in 2015, then President Obama misleadingly sought to describe the “availability of guns” by proclaiming that “you can go on into some neighborhoods, and it’s easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you ...

The Second Amendment Now Comes with Government-Issued “Harmful Language Alert”

News  

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Second Amendment Now Comes with Government-Issued “Harmful Language Alert”

The absurdity and dysfunction of the Biden Administration have become so pervasive that it’s easy to become numb to it all. But some things it does are still so outrageous and inconceivable – touching on ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.