Marylanders can celebrate two victories this week! The following anti-gun bills were defeated in the Maryland General Assembly:
House Bill 879 and Senate Bill 742 sought to ban “imitation” or replica firearms. This legislation was poorly drafted and short-sighted and would have banned BB and pellet guns that many parents use to teach their children safe gun handling and marksmanship. Both bills have been withdrawn by the sponsors.
House Bill 542 and Senate Bill 991 would have banned the sale of legally acquired ivory and horn products, such as those in bona fide antiques, or taken from mammoth ivory, an extinct species. HB 542 received an unfavorable report by the House Environment and Transportation committee, and the hearing for SB 991 has been cancelled and is not expected to be rescheduled.
Thank you to those who continued to contact your lawmakers in opposition to these misguided anti-gun bills. Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated on future developments during the 2016 legislative session.