It appears that the second amendment rights of Maryland citizens are under attack again as the Maryland General Assembly turns its sights on gun restrictions in an attempt to slap a cover on the problem of violence in the state instead of focusing on the underlying factors that lead to violence.
On the agenda are a laundry list of bills that will strip law abiding citizens of their 2nd amendment rights and creating confusion in an already convoluted system. Some of the crazy new regulations being proposed included:
Extreme Risk Prevention Orders
Probably one of the most intrusive and widest violations of rights of law-abiding gun owners falls under the blanket of House Bill 1302 which claims it was designed to keep firearms out of the hands of those that might be considered a risk to public safety. The new bill would allow, “any other interested person” (along with others more clearly defined) to make a sworn statement, that is presumed to be with good intentions, that will lead to the confiscation of firearms on an “ex parte” basis.”
What this means is if law enforcement officers have been informed that a person may possibly be a threat they have a right to not only disarm the person but also to confiscate their firearms. This action can occur without a hearing or a court case where the accused would be able to exercise their legal right to face their accuser in court and be able to present their side of the case.
Handgun Permit Review Board Repeal
The previous legislation supported by the House of Delegates during the Baltimore Police Department Review Board in 2016 that supported citizen oversight of the BDP has come under fire by partisan-motivated house members. Those members have now flipped on their previous decision supporting the rights of citizens to have oversite of their police department and have decided to remove the citizens’ participation in monitoring the transparency of the government and officials in regards to the Handgun Permit Review Board.
The abrupt shift was predicted to occur when all the previous members under Governor O’Malley resigned and the new members were appointed by Governor Hogan. Without oversight regulations in place, the BPD would be free to slowly strip the rights of law-abiding gun owners with little or no explanation for their actions.
The Public Safety and Violence Prevention Act
This $10 million investment is aimed at creating an anti-gun think tank to look at firearms and the problem that they may be causing. Even though the name states it is a violence prevention act it provides no funds or verbiage to have the committee look at any of the other forms of violence that plague Maryland aside from firearms, making the bill seem like no more than an anti-gun agenda.
The Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association expressed its disappointment in the bill, saying that the $10 million budget could be much better used to help better their state.
Rapid Fire Trigger Activators
The Senate Bill 707 will now criminalize the possession of firearms accessories that fall under the broad term of a trigger activator. This includes owning or possessing bump stocks and any other mechanism which can be used to create a more rapid fire of a firearm. Any alterations that are deemed altering the standard rate of fire of weapons can be subject to criminal prosecution.
Those opposed to the bill feel it is too broad and will turn those who are law-abiding citizens into criminals overnight and do little to prevent the acquisition of those items for those who are planning to cause harm to others.
What These New Bills Will Mean for Maryland Gun Owners?
As with most recent gun legislation, these bills appear to be a knee-jerk reaction to appease the gun control activist and push an anti-gun agenda. Little thought was given to the true motivation behind the violence that pushes the criminal elements in the state. Those who are law-abiding citizens exercising their second amendment rights will suffer because of those who are intent on creating harm and destruction.
These new anti-gun laws will do little to prevent criminals from breaking the law. Until the root of the violence of these individuals can become the focus, the State of Maryland will continue to reduce the rights of the citizens it should be protecting.
~ American Gun News