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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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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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