Maryland Legislature

FEBRUARY 8, 2017

SB-0948 “RIFLES & SHOTGUNS-SECONDARY TRANSACTIONS

IF THIS BILL PASSES, ANYONE WHO DESIRES TO PRIVATELY SELL A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN MUST GO TO A LICENSED DEALER WITH THE BUYER. THE DEALER WILL LOG THE GUN INTO THEIR A&D BOOKS, DO A 4473 ON THE BUYER AND AFTERWARDS PAY THE DEALER A FEE FOR THIS TRANSACTION.

AS TEMPTING AS THIS SOUNDS FOR FIREARMS DEALERS, IT IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP FOR MARYLAND TO REQUIRE AN HQL FOR THAT PURCHASE. IN ADDITION, IT IS NOT A GOOD POLICY FOR DEALERS TO SUPPORT SUCH A BILL. CURRENTLY, THE STATE OF MARYLAND DOES NOT REGULATE ANY LONG GUNS. LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY.

REQUIRING AN HQL OR EVEN A TRIP TO A DEALER TO ACCOMPLISH THE SALE IS A BAD THING FOR DEALERS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS. THE BUYING PUBLIC WOULD BE VERY UPSET IF THIS BILL PASSES AND OUR ASSOCIATION SUPPORTED IT. THEREFORE WE WON’T SUPPORT IT OR ANY OTHER ANTI-GUN BILL INTRODUCED INTO THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

OUR CUSTOMERS SHOULD NOT BE PUT TO THE TIME AND EXPENSE THIS BILL MANDATES FOR SECONDARY SALES OF LONG GUNS.THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT PRIVATE LONG GUN SALE GUNS ARE USED IN CRIMES IN MARYLAND. NONE WHATSOEVER…

IT IS SIMPLY ANOTHER RESTRICTION PROPOSED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AGAINST LAW ABIDING GUN OWNERS.

THE MLFDA IS AGAINST THIS BILL…PERIOD.

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

HOUSE BILL HB-038 AND SENATE BILL SB-047 ANTIQUE FIREARMS

UNDER THESE BILLS, ANTIQUE FIREARMS WOULD BE CLASSIFIED THE SAME AS MODERN RIFLES/SHOTGUNS, REQUIRING A 4473 BEFORE SALE. THE BILLS ARE INTENDED TO FIX A LOOPHOLE, (AS THE LEGISLATURE SEES IT), THAT ALLOWS CRIMINALS TO PURCHASE NON-CARTRIDGE FIREARMS OR REALLY OLD GUNS THAT USE MODERN AMMUNITION.

SOUND BENIGN, BUT DON’T FORGET WHO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. ANTI-GUN POLITICIANS AREN’T SATISFIED WITH ALL OF THE RESTRICTIVE LAWS THEY ALREADY HAVE ON THE BOOKS. THEY WANT TO CONTROL EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

FORGET THE FACT THAT FELONS ARE ALREADY PROHIBITED TO PURCHASE OR POSSESS ANY TYPE OF FIREARM, MODERN OR ANTIQUE. SIMPLY ANOTHER ATTEMPT BY THE “GENERAL ASYLUM” IN ANNAPOLIS TO FURTHER RESTRICT FIREARMS FOR SALE TO LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS.

February 18, 2015
Gun Bill Days Coming to Annapolis
House gun bills will be heard on Tuesday, March 10 th. at 1 PM. The Senate gun bills will be heard on Thursday, March 12, again at 1 PM. Go to the Associated Gun Clubs website for complete details on all of the bills. While 32 bills seem like a lot, it’s only about half of the number of bills on guns and hunting usually brought before the legislature in a given year. This is probably due to the passage last year of that massive SB281, 72 page anti-gun bill. Many anti-gun legislators got everything they wanted into SB281, leaving not much more they want to have passed into law. Remember, there are also several pro-gun bills introduced this session as always. This was done in hope of passage of something favoring gun owners in Maryland. Those hopes were raised by the election of Larry Hogan. However, leaders of both houses in Annapolis warn that none of them will gain the necessary traction. Again, the Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate don’t care about the mandates of the last election. The voters are unhappy with the Maryland Legislature and not just on gun issues. But the leaders of the Maryland legislature don’t care about what the voters want. They simply will keep everything going as usual. No to pro-gun bills, no to tax relief, no to anything they don’t want to pass. Business as usual in Annapolis.
The MLFDA encourages dealers, their friends and neighbors and customers to attend the hearings. We must continue to keep up the pressure in hopes that we can make a change, no matter how small.