Maryland Shall Issue Update Feb 13th 2012

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Feb 13, 2012

In this issue:

1. Trademark
2. Action Needed
3. The Dangers Ahead
4. House Bills 2012
5. Senate Bills 2012


 


1. Trademark

Maryland Shall Issue® is now a registered trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This gives MSI protections against the use of the organization's name by those not affiliated with the group. 


2. Action Needed

MSI depends on you, the membership, to put the action plans that we've provided into effect. Without your boots-on-the-ground involvement, the legislators in Annapolis have no reason to either support pro-gun bills or oppose anti-gun bills.

We've given you all of the information that you need in order to effectively communicate with the members of the General Assembly. It's up to you to decide whether your rights are worth a few minutes of your time to send emails or make phone calls. 

Without hearing from you, our friends in Annapolis have little reason to go to bat for you and those on the other side of our issues have little reason to believe that they shouldn't continue with their anti-freedom agenda.

Five minutes a day from every MSI member would make a tremendous difference in the climate of Annapolis. Ask yourself if you've done your part.


3. The Dangers Ahead

While there are numerous pro-gun bills that need your support, as usual we are faced with the necessity of fighting defensively against the anti-gun bills that continually come at us from the General Assembly.

Right now, the two most dangerous bills floating in the legislature are HB-618 and SB-911.

HB-618 authorizes the creation of a mental health task force to examine how to allegedly prevent those with dangerous mental health conditions from getting guns. This "sounds like a good idea" until you realize that they are the ones making up the rules as to what constitutes a disqualifying condition. It's a back door gun grab of the highest order.

SB-911 is the beginning of the end of preemption. Preemption is the doctrine that makes gives the state right to be the ultimate authority on all gun laws. In other words, it protects gun owners from a patchwork of gun laws from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The passage of this bill will be used as justification for all sorts of other local laws. Those of you in Howard County and Montgomery County should pay particularly close attention as Senators Raskin and Frosh are the sponsors of this bill. Your counties would likely be among the first to push for greater restrictions on your rights should preemption be dismantled.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we cannot emphasize strongly enough that you are a vital part of the process in ensuring that your rights are not encroached upon even further than they are. We must continue to fight defensively in the General Assembly now so that we can continue to advance pro-gun measures in the future. Without your persistent and vocal participation, these bills always have a chance of getting legs under them and being sent to the Governor's desk where we know they will be signed.


4. House Bills 2012

HB-45 - Handgun Permits – Qualifications – Presumption and Burden of Proof - SUPPORT

Hearing Date February 21st, 1:00pm

Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police base a finding that an applicant for a handgun permit has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun on an investigation; establishing a presumption that an applicant for a handgun permit has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for the purposes of qualifying for a handgun permit; and establishing that the Secretary has the burden of specified proof.

Position Statement and Action Plan Can Be Found Here

 

HB -208 - Baltimore City Public School System – Governance – NO POSITION

No Hearing Scheduled

This is just a functional bill that rewords some of the language in this part of the existing code. It's only filed as a "gun bill" because this section of the code authorizes Baltimore City Schools Police Officers to carry a firearm. There's nothing of interest for our folks.

 

HB-209 - Public Safety – Possession of Firearms – Crimes Committed in Other States - OPPOSE

Hearing Date March 6, 1:00pm

Prohibiting a person from possessing a regulated firearm, rifle, or shotgun if the person was previously convicted of an offense under the laws of another state or the United States that would constitute a crime of violence or a violation of specified provisions of law if committed in this State.

Position Statement and Action Plan Can Be Found Here

 

HB-256 - Regulated Firearms – License Issue By Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia – Reciprocity - SUPPORT 

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Specifying that a license to carry a regulated firearm, including a concealed regulated firearm, issued to an individual by Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia is valid in Maryland.

Position Statement and Action Plan Can Be Found Here

 

HB-300 - Public Safety – Handgun Permits – Renewal Period For Retired law Enforcement - OPPOSE AS WRITTEN

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Establishing that a handgun permit issued to a retired law enforcement officer of the State or a county or municipal corporation of the State expires on the last day of the holder's birth month following five years after the date the permit is issued and may be renewed for successive periods of five years each if, at the time of an application for renewal, the applicant possesses the qualifications for the issuance of a permit.

Position statement and action plan can be found here.

 

HB-379 - Frederick County – Alcoholic Beverages – Citations Issued By Inspectors – NO POSITION

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Removing Frederick County from the list of counties whose alcoholic beverages inspectors are prohibited from carrying a weapon when issuing a citation for specified violations. 

 

HB-396 - Public Safety – Law Enforcement Handgun Disposal – Deceased Officers – NO POSITION

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Authorizing a law enforcement agency to transfer the handgun of a law enforcement officer who is killed or dies in the performance of duty to specified members of the deceased officer's family or to the deceased officer's estate; and authorizing a law enforcement agency to render the handgun of a deceased officer inoperable before transfer. 

 

HB-430 -Public Safety – Handgun Permits – Repeal of Finding Requirement (Better Maryland – Right of Self Defense) - SUPPORT

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police find that a person has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun before issuing a handgun permit to the person.

Position Statement and Action Plan Can be Found Here

 

HB-488 - Public Safety – Handgun Permits – Repeal of Finding Requirements - SUPPORT

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police find that a person has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun before issuing a handgun permit to the person.

Position Statement and Action Plan Can be Found Here

 

HB-527 - Courts – Bankruptcy – Arms - SUPPORT

Hearing Date February 15, 1:00pm

Authorizing a person to claim an exemption in specified bankruptcy proceedings for arms in an amount not to exceed $2,000 in value; and applying the Act prospectively.

Position Statement and Action Can Be Found Here

 

HB-579 - Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Exemption from Training Course – NO POSITION

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Providing an exemption from specified requirements to complete a specified firearms training course if an individual is a retired law enforcement officer of a unit of the federal government, the State, or any local law enforcement agency in the State. 

 

HB-618 - Task Force to Study Access of Individuals with Mental Illness to Regulated Firearms - OPPOSE

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Establishing a Task Force to Study Access of Individuals with Mental Illness to Regulated Firearms; providing for the membership, staffing, and duties of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to report to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2012, on legislative options for limiting the access to regulated firearms of individuals with a history of mental illness; and expanding the access of law enforcement officers to specified mental health records. 

Position Statement and Action Plan Can Be Found Here

 

HB-739 - Bow Hunting – Possession of Handguns for Protection - SUPPORT

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from restricting licensed bow hunters who are at least 21 years old from carrying a handgun for personal protection.

 

HB-968 - District Court Commissioners – Possession of Handguns on District Court Premises – NO POSITION 

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Prohibiting any restriction against a commissioner carrying a handgun on District Court premises if the commissioner has a valid handgun permit. 

 

HB – 1057 - Criminal Law – Robbery – Oral Claim of Possession of a Dangerous Weapon – NO POSITION 

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Prohibiting a person from committing or attempting to commit a robbery by making an oral claim that the person has possession of a dangerous weapon; and establishing a penalty for a violation of the Act. 

 

HB-1066 - Criminal Law – Robbery and Burglary – Pharmacies – NO POSITION 

Hearing Date March 6, 1:00pm 

Prohibiting an individual from taking unauthorized possession of a specified controlled dangerous substance in a specified manner; prohibiting an individual from employing or displaying a dangerous weapon during the commission of a robbery of a pharmacy; prohibiting a person from breaking into a pharmacy with the intent to steal, take, or carry away a specified controlled dangerous substance; establishing penalties for a violation of the Act; etc. 

 

HB-1100 - Public Safety – Restrictions on Possession of Firearms – Convicted Felons and People With Mental Disorders - OPPOSE

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Prohibiting a person from possessing a firearm if the person has been convicted of a felony or, under specified circumstances, suffers from a mental disorder or has been confined to a specified facility for a specified period of time; establishing a penalty for a violation of the Act; prohibiting a court from suspending any part of a specified mandatory minimum sentence; etc.

Position Statement and Action Plan Forthcoming

 

HB-1104 - Criminal Law – Use of Firearm in Commission of Crime of Violence – Felony – NO POSITION

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm 

Reclassifying as a felony the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony or crime of violence. 

 

HB-1113 - Public Safety – Possession of Stolen Regulated Firearms – Felony – NO POSITION

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Establishing that a person who violates provisions of law regarding the possession, sale, transfer, or disposal of a stolen regulated firearm is guilty of a felony and on conviction subject to specified penalties. 

 

HB – 1114 - Dangerous Convicted Offenders Firearm Ban - OPPOSE

Hearing Date, February 21, 1:00pm

Expanding the prohibition against the possession of a regulated firearm by specified persons to include the possession of any firearm; and expanding the prohibition against the sale of a regulated firearm to specified persons to include the sale of any firearm. 

 

HB – 1135 - Public Safety – Handgun Permits – Qualifications - SUPPORT

Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm

Prohibiting the Secretary of State Police from issuing a handgun permit to a person who the Secretary finds is prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm, is an illegal alien, has been discharged from the armed forces of the United States under dishonorable conditions, has a pending charge for a felony or a misdemeanor for which a sentence of imprisonment for more than 1 year may be imposed, or has not completed a firearms safety training course unless a specified ground for exemption applies; etc.

Position Statement and Action Plan Can Be Found Here


5. Senate Bills 2012

SB-64 - Public Safety -Machine Gun Registration – Notice To Renew - SUPPORT

Heard on February 2 at 1:00pm

Requiring the Secretary of State Police, on or before March 15 in each year succeeding the registration of a machine gun, to notify the registrant in writing of the requirement to renew the registration. 

Position Statement and Action Plan Can Be Found Here

 

SB-439 - Frederick County – Alcoholic Beverages – Citations Issued By Inspectors – NO POSITION

Hearing Date February 24, 1:00pm 

Removing Frederick County from the list of counties whose alcoholic beverages inspectors are prohibited from carrying a weapon when issuing a citation for specified violations.

 

SB-512 - Regulated Firearms – Database – Applications for Dealer's License – Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements - OPPOSE

Hearing Date February 23, 1:00pm

Authorizing the Department of State Police to make specified information available to aid the investigation of those who are armed and prohibited from possessing a firearm; requiring the Secretary of State Police or the Secretary's designee to disapprove an application for a State-regulated firearms dealer's license if the Secretary or designee determines that the applicant intends a specified person to participate or hold a specified interest in the management or operation of the business for which the license is sought; etc.

Position Statement and Action Plan Forthcoming

 

SB-514 - Public Safety – Law Enforcement Handgun Disposal – Deceased Officers – NO POSITION

Hearing Date February 23, 1:00pm

Authorizing a law enforcement agency to transfer the handgun of a law enforcement officer who is killed or dies in the performance of duty to specified members of the deceased officer's family or to the deceased officer's estate; and authorizing a law enforcement agency to render the handgun of a deceased officer inoperable before transfer. 

 

SB-588- Bow Hunting – Possession of Handguns for Protection - SUPPORT

Hearing Date February 28, 1:00pm

Prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from restricting licensed bow hunters who are at least 21 years old from carrying a handgun for personal protection.

 

SB-640 - Public Safety – Possession of Firearms – Crimes Committed in Other States - OPPOSE

Hearing Date February 23, 1:00pm

Prohibiting a person from possessing a regulated firearm, rifle, or shotgun if the person was previously convicted of an offense under the laws of another state or the United States that would constitute a crime of violence or a violation of specified provisions of law if committed in this State.

Position Statement and Action Plan Can Be Found Here

 

SB-803 - Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Exemption from Training Course – NO POSITION

Hearing Date February 23, 1:00pm

Providing an exemption from specified requirements to complete a specified firearms training course if an individual is a retired law enforcement officer of a unit of the federal government, the State, or any local law enforcement agency in the State.

 

SB-815 - Criminal Law – Robbery – Oral Claim of Possession of a Dangerous Weapon – NO POSITION

Hearing Date March 13, 1:00pm

Prohibiting a person from committing or attempting to commit a robbery by making an oral claim that the person has possession of a dangerous weapon; and establishing a penalty for a violation of the Act. 

 

SB-911 - Public Safety – Firearms Regulation by Local Jurisdictions - OPPOSE

No Hearing Scheduled – Assigned to Rules Committee

Creating a specified exception to the State preemption of a political subdivision's authority relating to firearms; and authorizing a political subdivision to require a specified person to report the purchase of specified firearms; and authorizing a political subdivision to require a specified report to include specified information.

Position Statement and Action Plan Can Be Found Here

 

SB-916 - Criminal Law – Robbery and Burglary – Pharmacies – NO POSITION

No Hearing Scheduled – Assigned to Rules Committee

Prohibiting an individual from taking unauthorized possession of a specified controlled dangerous substance in a specified manner; prohibiting an individual from employing or displaying a dangerous weapon during the commission of a robbery of a pharmacy; prohibiting a person from breaking into a pharmacy with the intent to steal, take, or carry away a specified controlled dangerous substance; establishing penalties for a violation of the Act; etc.

 



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