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By Jason Davis, Reporting from Annapolis MD

1000's Protests Maryland's SB281 Gun Control Legislation, Shutting Down Capital Building

1000′s of protesters against Maryland’s SB281 Gun Control Legislation hearing held in Annapolis 2/6/2013…

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Annapolis MD – -(Ammoland.com)- Hello AmmoLand readers, this is my after action report on the Maryland’s SB281 Gun Control Legislation hearing held in Annapolis 2/6/2013.

I met a few people from MDShooters and Maryland Shall Issue, so it was great to meet them. As I mentioned  was there yesterday, one of the People who were refused the opportunity to testimony. At 9ish, the Senate declared no more testimony (they ran out of anti-gun supporters early on) and had us line up to speak at the mic and state name and opposition for or against only.

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, the Maryland Senate held a hearing on their bill, SB281, gun control legislation. I, and a few thousand people showed up to testify and oppose this bill. What you will not hear is this, at approximately 2:30 pm, we [gun owners] shut down the Senate Building.

The DGS police and state police closed the building down for “safety reasons”. We passed the fire code capacity, and we still flooded the lawn waiting to get in! Delegate Dwyer stated outside to the crowd, still there ,that this was the first time in his 11 years in the legislature  that the building had ever been shut down. He sent an email this morning that this was in fact the first time EVER that the building shut down. We were there!

Inside in the hearing room, Senator Miller at one point said over the mic that over 1,000 people had signed up to testify. This was for the recorded. But as expected, next day local reporters were quoting from the AP saying only a few hundred people were there…What?

The Governor (we call him MOM, it fits perfectly for the nanny state) was booed earlier in the day during his side entry into the building. I wasn’t able to hear the Governor’s testimony or that of the State’s Attorney, but a few people did walk out because of the lies that were being said about the bill. I did hear one elected official talk about the bill, and he did in fact lie and mislead the Senators about the content of the bill.

Of the people, there were very few who were in favor, but one person of note for the bill, was Anthony W. Batts, Police Commissioner of the City of Baltimore. He began his testimony with affirming his belief in the Second Amendment. He said that he believes in the Constitution and affirmed his oath to uphold it, then quoted from it, by saying that the “People have a right to life, liberty, and justice”.

Seriously, he said that. That’s not a misquote of the Constitution, but a misquote from the Declaration of Independence. It makes one wonder, do these people in higher office even know what they are taking oaths to defend? To be sure, he was booed by a few hundred people in the breakout rooms of the Senate Building in Annapolis. Too bad he couldn’t hear us through the walls.

This testament was contrary to the few county Commissioners and a county Sheriff who opposed the bill, bringing to light the blatant disregard of not only the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but blatant disregard of parts of the Maryland Constitution.

I could go on and on about what happened yesterday, of the excellent testimony given by my fellow patriots, but note this: While the rally was being held on Lawyers Mall across the street, a bald eagle was spotted circling the demonstrators. Unlike the “progress” of our country, that was a good sign.

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  • 8 User comments to “1000′s Protest Maryland’s SB281 Gun Control Legislation, Shutting Down Capital Building”

    1. no longer trusting on February 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM said:

      This story reminds me ,when the city of Denver ,back in 1989 had their assault weapons ban [it passed].There were at least 1200 pro gun supporters [at least] turn up.the anti gun crowd couldn’t muster a 100.They ran out of speakers in about an hour.The pro gun supporters kept going till they shut down the debates.
      The next day the news said it was an even turn out.That was the last day i believed in the news, November 6TH 2012 was the last day i believed in an election.

    2. SB281 is a sheer attack on law-abiding gun owners. MSP already has the names of all the law-abiding gun owners. Law-abiding gun owners already pay taxes on their gun purchases. Law-abiding gun owners complete the forms for the FBI and MSP to purchase firearms. Law-abiding gun owners have a 7 day cooling off period when purchasing a firearm. Criminals do not follow any of these procedures. There should be a comprehensive attack on criminal activity and illegal guns flowing into the state. It’s obvious that SB 281 is politically motivated and is unnecessary legislature. It does not guarantee public safety. The state of Maryland already have appropriate gun laws on the books for law-abiding gun owners. Your focus should be on school safety and mental illness.
      Democrats should not under-estimate the passion of law-abiding gun owners. Democrats should be aware of political repercussions in future elections.

    3. D. Murphy on February 8, 2013 at 8:00 AM said:

      I feel for you guys in the blue states, I also think that the democrats are vastly overplaying their hand here and will regret their actions in the next round of elections. They have now galvanized even democrats who own guns..the ballot is a mighty weapon be sure to exercise it!

    4. They know what they took the oath for and they don’t care. By hook or by crook they intend to take our rights away. They don’t care if it is legal or illegal. Remember the Viet Nam demonstrations? That is what we need to give them. It will come down to having to break the law to save our freedoms. Congress or the president don’t care what we want. They think they know what is best for us and they intend to give it to us even if it is against the law. “Fast & Furious” was against the law but it served it’s purpose in Obama 2nd term grab for our guns. Never mind that it was murder and cover up on his part and the ATF. Obama’s motto is, “don’t do as I do, do as I say.”

    5. bob jefferson on February 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM said:

      Hit up Maryland Govener Martin O’Malley’s FB page.

    6. My ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War,on both sides in the Civil War,In the Texas Revolution, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam. Recently, my relatives have fought in the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. My roots are ties to the very foundation of this country. When I joined the Marines I took an oath to protect the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. I never un-took that oath. REFUSE TO DISARM !!! Molone Abbe.

    7. ToryII, Illinois on February 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM said:

      Come and get em, piggy.

    8. Seanoamericano on February 19, 2013 at 7:12 PM said:

      The numbers show what is really going on. More people on the side of freedom than tyranny and the media distorts the facts. Seems like that happens all the time. makes you really question question the vote count

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