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We Can Reduce Gun Violence Without Infringing on Law Abiding Gun Owners’ Rights

Gun safety experts, as well as most Marylanders, agree that these are common sense steps we can take to keep families safe and reduce gun violence in Maryland.

By Stacy Mayer, Chief Legislative Officer

Gun safety experts, as well as most Marylanders, agree that these are common sense steps we can take to keep families safe and reduce gun violence in Maryland. Nevertheless, there are some, including gun manufacturers, who will oppose any and all efforts to put safety measures in place. They will use scare tactics and misinformation in order to stir up fear and generate opposition to the Governor’s initiatives.

Let me set the record straight:

(1)  Our Gun Safety Proposals Are Not Aimed At Hunters and Sportsmen. The Governor understands and respects the traditions of hunters and sportsmen in Maryland. That’s why we explicitly carve out shotguns and rifles from the licensing requirements of our bill.

(2)  Our Gun Safety Proposals Would Not Ban Handguns. The bill would not prevent law-abiding Marylanders who want to purchase a handgun to protect themselves or their families from doing so. Our goal is to prevent criminals from getting guns by using straw purchasers, so the bill creates certain licensing requirements for purchasing a handgun. But law-abiding citizens would still be permitted to purchase and own handguns.

(3)  Our Gun Safety Proposals Are Consistent with the Constitution. Maryland’s Attorney General analyzed the proposals and determined that they are “constitutional under the Second Amendment,” that “law-abiding gun owners have nothing to fear,” and that our proposals “do not allow for confiscation of guns nor could they” under Supreme Court precedent.http://www.oag.state.md.us/Press/2013/012913.html

The lobbyists for the gun manufacturers want to preserve the status quo and block even common sense gun safety measures. They will spread falsehoods in order to create unwarranted fear. Know the facts: the licensing requirements don’t affect shotguns and rifles, we don’t ban handguns, and the proposals are consistent with the Constitution.

For more information on the bill, clock on the PDF above.

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Steve February 09, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Mobster Whitey Bulger bought 10 pistols and a shotgun using the Gun Show loophole while he was on the run. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/02/08/Bulger-used-loophole-to-purchase-guns/UPI-81691360334180/ How in the world can a person on the FBI's Most Wanted list do this? Why don't the Gun Nutters have a problem with this?
Sanchez February 10, 2013 at 02:20 PM
"The argument that citizens need assault weapons to protect themselves from the government is a joke a best." It's even funnier that people still make the argument that this foolish meme is the reason we are against any new gun laws.
Sanchez February 10, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Mayor O'Malley supported the FSA of 2000 and its "ballistic fingerprinting" law but how has it worked out? How many more useless ineffective laws do we need?
Dan Blasberg February 10, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Kevin - there is a huge difference in the amount of damage that can be caused by a fully automatic firearm and a semi-automatic firearm. I have yet to see anyone pull a trigger multiple times with a semi-automatic firearm and even come close to the rate of fire of a fully automatic firearm. Since "assault weapons" are so evil, why is DHS using the term "personal defense weapons" in a bid request to purchase 7000 fully automatic M4 battle rifles? https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d791b6aa0fd9d3d8833b2efa08300033&tab=core&_cview=0 The above description and request for bid is for actual assault weapons, the AR platform that many firearms owners are actually personal defense weapons or even sporting rifles.
Hays February 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM
According to FBI statistics, Maryland suffered 398 homicide during 2011. Of these, 272 were firearm related. Only two were caused by rifles of any kind. These numbers are in concert with those found nationally. The same 2011 statistics reveal 323 murders in the United States that year by rifles of any kind, including the much-maligned "assault weapon." This despite the fact that millions of these are owned and used by law-abiding American hunters, shooters, and collectors. Perhaps your "common sense" solutions are geared more to simple control rather than to crime control. What "assault weapon" problem exists, other than the problem caused by the spreading of disinformation? If the legislation is passed, what benefit will result? How much will crime be decreased? If unsuccessful, what is the next step? Molon labe
A question February 11, 2013 at 04:47 AM
The turnout in Annapolis Feb 6th was genuine grassroots people taking time off from work to support personal beliefs. The NRA piggybacked on this event. Maryland is so blue the NRA has rarely intervened in this state. Why was the MD shooting website hit by Denial of Service attacks the day before?. Why is the MD anti gun origination filled with people that are known to use astroturf at rallies? SB281 makes it illegal for people under 21 to possess ammunition. How does this not stop hunters? Yes, say whatever to divide the other side. The original date of the hearings were Feb 8th. Why was it changed? Why did Senator Frosh prevent pro gun people from testifying at the hearings? What will you say when he disagrees with your views and bullys the hearing into denying you the chance to speak your piece.
Chris W February 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Wow. You must have the pulse of the nation. You know what everyone in England is thinking. Bravo.
Chris W February 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM
And that is a great example of why the gun show loophole must be closed. However, that should not overreach and get involved in all private sales.
Chris W February 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM
"Our Gun Safety Proposals Would Not Ban Handguns." Translation: our legislation will have no effect on crime. So called "Assault weapons" are used in less than two percent of all gun crime. The bottom line is when they are done, and nothing changes, that will be the excuse to clamp down even more. There is a very simple solution to gun crime. Free non-violent drug offenders and decriminalize or legalize drugs, minimum 10 year sentence for anyone convicted of a violent crime involving gun use, mandatory life in prison for second offense.
amark February 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM
I see the leftists steve and 1ke have appeared on this thread to spout the democrat talking points.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 01:52 PM
LOL It wasn't grassroots at all. It was as organized as any other protest in Annapolis. Senator Frosh didn't prevent anybody from testifying at the hearings. He gave an alternating hour to each side to testify.
AG February 11, 2013 at 03:19 PM
1ke - you are speaking from a position of ignorance. Before you mouth off, learn what you are talking about. What is a "large clip"? This shows you are just reading off of O'Malley's talking point memo. LOL
Hammbone February 11, 2013 at 04:55 PM
1st I hunt with a "Assault Weapon" . I have torn rotator cuff so I needed something with less recoil. My wife bought me an R-25 for my 50th Birthday. It is the AR-15 in a 308 caliber. I know a lot of people that hunt with the AR Platform , so don't say "Hunters don't use it" 2nd less that 2% of all gun crime. Most are done with hand guns (including sandy hook). Why are we not going after Hollywood? The junk that is on TV is unreal. Even the commercials during prime time family hrs !
amark February 11, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Chris W that plan makes too much sense. And it would not allow the "progressives" to be able to use the issue for political purposes.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM
LOL "Newsmax" Now you have have posted the same non event from the Neocon Trinity. World Nut Drooly, The Blaze and Newsmax.
AG February 11, 2013 at 07:58 PM
The FBI has shown that only 1% of the guns used in crime come from gun shows or legal purchases where a background check was not done. I do not believe a sweeping change that will cost $$$ and will have very little effect is a good idea. Even if you can come up with a second example of abuse would I want to spend all the money. You and I both know that if Bulger could not have bought the guns at a gun show, he would have found an illegal way to acquire the weapons. But the liberal way of solving problems like this is to spend first, think later....
AG February 11, 2013 at 07:59 PM
And how much has it cost the citizens of Maryland?
Maryellen Brady February 16, 2013 at 06:49 AM
In depth thorough back ground checks as intended instead of weakened by the military industrial comples stooges, other wise known as the NRA. What would have thought that an organization supposing representing millions of "responsible gun owners" would lobby to cripple the ATF from enforcing laws on the books or stifle technology development to do comprehensive background checks in just minutes. Close the gun show loopholes, ban high capacity magazines and military grade weapons. Over 11,000 deaths to gun violence each year in US. Most of those dying are innocent victims: children, abused spouses and dumb accidents: like the father who chased armed intruder and then turned around and accidentally killed his son, just this week.
Steve February 16, 2013 at 04:17 PM
If Colorado can do it so can Maryland. http://kdvr.com/2013/02/15/rep-opposition-likely-to-slow-not-prevent-passage-of-new-gun-laws/
amark February 17, 2013 at 02:40 AM
If you learned to write coherently, I might take you seriously. Well with your left wing anti gun, anti constitutional views, I probably wouldn't.
Hays February 17, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Maryellen, What is the "gunshow loophole?" What are "military grade weapons?" How many deaths are attributable annually to this type of weapon, to the extent it even exists? (I can tell you that the FBI says in 2011 323 deaths were caused by rifles of any sort.) What specific results should we expect from the passage of your proposed legislation? Do you have any actual knowledge or are you merely parroting the suggestions of others?
AG February 17, 2013 at 06:04 AM
This is one of the most uninformed comments I have seen posted. Maryellen, if you really cared about children you would focus on swimming pool safety. Put your tin foil hat back on and spend your time looking for UFO's. OMG, this would take a lot of time to go through all the fallacies in your logic
AG February 17, 2013 at 06:13 AM
How about having O'Malley lower MD tax rates to be as low as Colorado? And, by law, any excess tax collected must be returned to the citizens. And taxes cannot be raised faster than inflation or population growth. Plus, Colorado has a great concealed carry law and is an OPEN CARRY state. Finally, any politician who votes for this and is not from Denver will be out of a job in the next election. The people of Colorado, outside of Denver - and unlike anyone in Maryland, are very independent people who hate government intrusion in their lives.
amark February 17, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Also most of the 11k deaths are not the people you list. They are generally those involved in crime, gangs and the drug trade. The logic of morons like Owe'malley and BH Obama saying "if we can save just one life it is worth it" is stupid. By that logic we should ban cars.
AG February 19, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Maryellen Brady - Do you know how many guns purchased at gun shows are used in crime? Did you know Maryland does not allow purchases in gun shows? That is why crime is so low in Baltimore. Why do you think you know what is best for the people in Texas. You are a pretty arrogant to demand laws be passed to change the laws in a state that is over 1,500 miles away from the crooked state of Maryland. How would you feel if the people of Texas demanded Maryland change their laws.
MsDivine February 19, 2013 at 07:18 AM
We DON'T Blame cars for drunk drivers, so why blame guns for violent people.
Democrat February 25, 2013 at 01:12 AM
As an executive member of MSI I would like to say thank you to all of you that have sent emails, written letters, attended hearing&rally's, spoke with your representatives and given testimony against these anti liberty, anti gun, anti self-defense proposed laws. We are at the height of this battle and entering the most important moment. We have heard repeatedly from numerous citizens, officers and delegates that they are with us, and your efforts do matter. The vast majority of us want law abiding citizens to continue to enjoy firearms and possess them for self-defense. There are only a few anti-gun politicians that are led by Gov O'malley, that do not respect our great American gun history and want to take all guns away. We can stop them, but we need every voice. If you have not already heard, the most terrible anti-gun bill SB281 has made it out of the State Senate Judiciary Committee and is now going to be voted on by the full Senate. Please take a few minutes to call your district representative and ask them to not pass ANY gun control bill. They are listening, they are counting voices, we need your help right now. This is a wonderful and uplifting news conference by the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE): http://www.urbancure.org/mbarticle.asp?id=290&t=Blacks-speak-out-against-gun-control#.USgBCR9i4AY.email
Steve February 28, 2013 at 04:33 PM
There is a big Gun Control Rally planned for tomorrow in Annapolis. http://marylanderstopreventgunviolence.org/march-1st-rally-to-prevent-gun-violence/
amark February 28, 2013 at 07:12 PM
And all the liberals will have no problem attending as they do not have jobs to worry about going to.
Native February 28, 2013 at 09:45 PM
yeah, about that...I guarantee the size of that group consisting of grassroots, there-on-their-own, individuals, won't come close to the size of the pro 2A group there recently. Because, there will be union members that were paid to be bused in, school kids used as props, & others that don't have a clue what they are protesting or supporting.

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