December 5, 2014
UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE LAWSUIT MAY BE READ AT THE NEWSLINE SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE!!
Along with fellow plaintiffs, (Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Maryland Shall Issue, & Maryland State Rifle & Pistol Association), the MLFDA has filed twin lawsuits against SB-281, the assault weapon ban and the fingerprint/licensing scheme.
We believe that while banning ANY firearm is unconstitutional; banning the most popular modern sporting rifle. the AR-15, is even more illegal. AR-15 rifles are not used in crimes, but are used for legitimate self-defense, target shooting and hunting. The lawsuits are proceeding through the federal court system.
Currently being prepared is the lawsuit against the state mandatory fingerprinting and licensing requirement. The problem stated by the governor was that a few people are buying firearms for people who are not allowed to possess firearms, straw purchasers. Their solution: FINGERPRINT EVERYONE!
SB281 could cost your customers between $104-$300 to obtain the newly created Handgun Qualification License, (HQL), depending on whether or not they must take the four hour training course.
The new MLFDA website will update members of the MLFDA as these cases progress through the federal court systems. There is no timeline for completion of these cases. Remember, no matter which side wins at the local level, appeals are guaranteed.