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Maryland: Senate Committee to Hear Legislation to Criminalize the Private Transfer of Long Guns

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Maryland: Senate Committee to Hear Legislation to Criminalize the Private Transfer of Long Guns

Introduced by state Senator William Smith, Jr., Senate Bill 948 seeks to criminalize the private transfer of long guns in Maryland.  While SB 948 has been referred to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, it has not been scheduled for a hearing at this time.  NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are encourage to contact members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 948 when it comes up for a vote.


Senate Bill 948 would require individuals to appear before a licensed firearm dealer to request a criminal background check prior to transferring a long gun, absent limited and vague exceptions.  The dealer would also be required to create a record of each sale.  This flawed legislation is being pushed by an out-of-state anti-gun group who is trying to impose their misguided policies on the law-abiding gun owners of Maryland.

Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 948 when it comes up for a vote.

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