This Friday, in the Joint Hearing Room at 9:00am, after multiple days of extended testimony in opposition to anti-gun bills in Maryland, a joint hearing between the Executive Nominations Committee and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is scheduled to consider yet another anti-gun bill, Senate Bill 1000. This same legislation was introduced in 2018 to repeal the Handgun Permit Review Board and was quickly opposed and amended to prevent that repeal. This year, they are back at it with another attempt. It is important that you again show up in opposition to this anti-gun legislation. Also, please contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 1000.
Senate Bill 1000 seeks to remove citizen oversight regarding the appeals process for Maryland wear and carry permits. Current law allows individuals who are denied a wear and carry permit to file an appeal to the Handgun Permit Review Board, a group of five members of the public appointed by the Governor. SB 1000 would dissolve this board, thus removing all public oversight, and make all appeals be filed through an administrative office, a process potentially designed to sustain permit denials.
Again, please attend this hearing on Friday and voice your opposition to this anti-gun legislation. Also, please contact committee members and strongly urge them to OPPOSE Senate bill 1000