eddyys wrote:It sounds like she thinks the HOA should get into the business of registering firearms. An HOA is not the local government like a township or a city, but some of their members think they are. Even if they were, Maryland has state-level firearm law preemption to cover that case.<snip>
She proceeded to tell me she wanted to present a requirement to the Homeowners Association about Gun Control.
What is this world coming to?
Give your HOA documents a read, just in case your HOA tries to take this further. I doubt there's anything in their charter (or in the laws of Maryland) that would give them any power to regulate homeowners with regards to the keeping or bearing of firearms or, for that matter, from storing any legal property of any kind in your house or from transporting that property with you when you leave your house; and you should never have to register your property with the HOA.
The lady's not only misinformed on the right to keep and bear arms, she's also misinformed as to what an HOA really is.
Article 3 from my HOA's Articles of Incorporation reads:
The Association does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to its members. The purposes for which the Association is organized are to:
- provide for the Upkeep of the Common Area and, to the extent provided in the Association Documents, of the Lots;
- establish and administer the architectural standards governing the Property
- exercise all powers and perform all duties and obligations of the Association as set forth in the Association Documents with respect to all or any portion of the Property; and
- exercise the powers now or hereafter conferred by law on Virginia nonstock corporations necessary or desirable to accomplish the above purposes.
And there's nothing in the "Association Documents" regarding firearms. The documents refer to nothing more than proper upkeep of homes and grounds, architectural and landscaping standards, and vehicles/trailers/objects that may not be stored in public spaces.
For example, the HOA could keep me from parking a three pounder cannon in my driveway or front yard; but they couldn't keep me from parking it in my garage; nor could they require me to register it with the HOA.
Just hope she is never voted to the HOA board.