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    Maryland Shall Issue - Update - New Bills - 2/3/12






    In this issue:


    1. Position Statements and Action Plans
    2. House Bills 2012
    3. Senate Bills 2012



    1. Position Statements and Action Plans



    Many of you have been asking for us to format our position statements and action plans in such a way that you could easy print them or share them with others, so we are going to try something different this year. Rather than putting the full information into the text of the email Updates, we are going to provide links to PDFs that you can share as needed.


    We hope that this will make it easier for you to craft your own corresponence and to also get more people enaged in the process. It will also have the ancillary benefit of the Updates not being as cluttered.





    2. House Bills 2012




    HB-45 - Handgun Permits - Qualifications - Presumption and Burden of Proof - SUPPORT


    Hearing Date February 21st, 1:00pm



    Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police base a finding that an applicant for a handgun permit has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun on an investigation; establishing a presumption that an applicant for a handgun permit has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for the purposes of qualifying for a handgun permit; and establishing that the Secretary has the burden of specified proof.


    Position Statement and Action Plan Forthcoming






    HB -208 - Baltimore City Public School System - Governance - NO POSITION


    No Hearing Scheduled


    This is just a functional bill that rewords some of the language in this part of the existing code. It's only filed as a "gun bill" because this section of the code authorizes Baltimore City Schools Police Officers to carry a firearm. There's nothing of interest for our folks.






    HB-209 - Public Safety - Possession of Firearms - Crimes Committed in Other States - NO POSITION


    Hearing Date February 21st, 1:00pm



    Prohibiting a person from possessing a regulated firearm, rifle, or shotgun if the person was previously convicted of an offense under the laws of another state or the United States that would constitute a crime of violence or a violation of specified provisions of law if committed in this State.






    HB-256 - Regulated Firearms - License Issue By Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virgina - Reciprocity - SUPPORT


    No Hearing Scheduled


    Specifying that a license to carry a regulated firearm, including a concealed regulated firearm, issued to an individual by Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia is valid in Maryland.




    Position Statement and Action Plan Forthcoming





    HB-300 - Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Renewal Period For Retired law Enforcement - OPPOSE AS WRITTEN


    Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm



    Establishing that a handgun permit issued to a retired law enforcement officer of the State or a county or municipal corporation of the State expires on the last day of the holder's birth month following 5 years after the date the permit is issued and may be renewed for successive periods of 5 years each if, at the time of an application for renewal, the applicant possesses the qualifications for the issuance of a permit.


    Position statement and action plan can be found here.






    HB-379 - Frederick County - Alcoholic Beverages - Citations Issued By Inspectors - NO POSITION AT THIS TIME


    No Hearing Scheduled


    Removing Frederick County from the list of counties whose alcoholic beverages inspectors are prohibited from carrying a weapon when issuing a citation for specified violations.





    HB-396 - Public Safety - Law Enforcement Handgun Disposal - Deceased Officers - NO POSITION


    Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm


    Authorizing a law enforcement agency to transfer the handgun of a law enforcement officer who is killed or dies in the performance of duty to specified members of the deceased officer's family or to the deceased officer's estate; and authorizing a law enforcement agency to render the handgun of a deceased officer inoperable before transfer.





    HB-430 -Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Repeal of Finding Requirement (Better Maryland - Right of Self Defense) - SUPPORT


    Hearing Date February 21, 1:00pm



    Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police find that a person has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun before issuing a handgun permit to the person.


    Position Statement and Action Plan Forthcoming





    HB-488 - Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Repeal of Finding Requirements - SUPPORT


    No Hearing Scheduled


    Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police find that a person has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun before issuing a handgun permit to the person.


    Position Statement and Action Plan Forthcoming






    HB-527 - Courts - Bankruptcy - Arms - SUPPORT


    Hearing Date February 15, 1:00pm


    Authorizing a person to claim an exemption in specified bankruptcy proceedings for arms in an amount not to exceed $2,000 in value; and applying the Act prospectively.


    Position Statement and Action Plan Forthcoming









    3. Senate Bills 2012


    SB-64 - Public Safety -Machine Gun Registration - Notice To Renew - SUPPORT


    Heard on February 2 at 1:00pm


    Requiring the Secretary of State Police, on or before March 15 in each year succeeding the registration of a machine gun, to notify the registrant in writing of the requirement to renew the registration.


    Position Statement and Action Plan Can Be Found Here



    SB-439 - Frederick County - Alcoholic Beverages - Citations Issued By Inspectors - NO POSITION AT THIS TIME


    No Hearing Scheduled


    Removing Frederick County from the list of counties whose alcoholic beverages inspectors are prohibited from carrying a weapon when issuing a citation for specified violations.






    SB-512 - Regulated Firearms - Database - Applications for Dealer's License - Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements - OPPOSE


    No hearing scheduled


    Authorizing the Department of State Police to make specified information available to aid the investigation of those who are armed and prohibited from possessing a firearm; requiring the Secretary of State Police or the Secretary's designee to disapprove an application for a State-regulated firearms dealer's license if the Secretary or designee determines that the applicant intends a specified person to participate or hold a specified interest in the management or operation of the business for which the license is sought; etc.


    We haven't seen the text of this one yet, but it will likely be similar to SB161 from last year. While you're waiting for our position statement and action plan, go and back and revisit some of the fun from last year's House of Delegates hearing on this bill where Delegate Smigiel grilled the representative from the organization formerly known as Ceasefire MD.


    Position Statement and Action Plan Forthcoming






    SB-514 - Public Safety - Law Enforcement Handgun Disposal - Deceased Officers - NO POSITION


    No Hearing Scheduled


    Authorizing a law enforcement agency to transfer the handgun of a law enforcement officer who is killed or dies in the performance of duty to specified members of the deceased officer's family or to the deceased officer's estate; and authorizing a law enforcement agency to render the handgun of a deceased officer inoperable before transfer.









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    Can someone please clarify the difference between HB-45 and HB-438 and HB-488? They all appear to do the same thing. Is it just a matter of sponsorship?
    It is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony, if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggression—and this is hogwash."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamer View Post
    Can someone please clarify the difference between HB-45 and HB-438 and HB-488? They all appear to do the same thing. Is it just a matter of sponsorship?
    HB45 does not remove the good and substantial wording but is a play on semantics to say that the presumption is that you have a good substantial reason for issuance of a permit unless the MSP can prove otherwise. It's pretty convoluted language. It makes more sense when Delegate Smigiel explains it verbally.

    The other two remove the good and substantial clause altogether, meaning that barring the criminal investigation turning up something, they have no reason to deny a permit application. This is the same language as Delegate Riley's version of the bill from previous years.

    And yes, the last two bills are identical....completely.

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    BTW, the first hearing for these bills is February 21 at 1pm. Be there or be square...

    http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/subjects/guns.htm
    It is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony, if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggression—and this is hogwash."
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