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Maryland: More Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings This Week

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Maryland: More Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings This Week

Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee will consider a pair of gun control measures that punish law-abiding gun owners and licensed firearm dealers instead of focusing on criminals.  Please contact committee members and ask them to stop targeting law-abiding Maryland residents, and to oppose House Bill 910 and House Bill 1257.

House Bill 910 prohibits individuals from manufacturing, transferring, or possessing a firearm built through the use of a 3-D printer.  HB 910 also bans the manufacture, transfer and possession of so-called “undetectable firearms” which are already banned by both Maryland and federal law.  This legislation will do nothing to enhance public safety and instead​ relies on fear and ominous monikers to advance an anti-gun narrative.

House Bill 1257 is the cross-file of Senate Bill 816.  As previously reported, this measure creates onerous burdens on Maryland’s licensed firearm dealers. Such legislation would make it unfeasible for many licensed dealers to continue to operate, thus depriving Maryland gun owners of their much-needed services. Those dealers that remain would be forced to pass on the severe compliance costs onto Maryland gun owners, raising the cost of exercising Second Amendment rights.  This legislation is an attempt to make it as difficult as possible to be a licensed firearms dealer in Maryland, and in turn, make it as difficult as possible to lawfully obtain a firearm.


On Thursday, the House Appropriation Committee is scheduled to consider a measure that would prohibit the any county or public school from funding firearm education for teachers.  Please contact members of the House Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 1078.

House Bill 1078 would limit the ability of local authorities to determine how best to provide for the safety of their students and faculty.  Further, as written this legislation would prohibit funding for any training that has any coursework regarding the safe handling of firearms. One could easily envision a school safety course that was not intended to provide the teacher with the skills necessary to carry a firearm in school, but would have as part of the curriculum what to do if they encounter a firearm in school. Such a curriculum might teach safe firearm handling and therefore violate the prohibition on funding for training in the “use of a firearm.”

Again, please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee in opposition to House Bill 910 and House Bill 1257.  Also, please contact members of the House Appropriations Committee and ask that they OPPOSE House Bill 1078.

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