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Maryland Governor Wants to Charge $100 for 2nd Amendment Right

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Washington DC - -( Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is pushing for state lawmakers to put in place a requirement forcing citizens of that state to obtain a $100 license for ownership of a handgun.

This is not a license to carry or conceal a handgun–simply to own one.

In effect, it is the governor’s way of telling Maryland residents they don’t have 2nd Amendment rights unless they successfully jump through the hoops the state places between them and those rights first.

Ironically, Maryland tried to use a very similar tactic with concealed carry permits in their state until spring of last year.

The state took the position that concealed carry permits would only be awarded to Marylanders who could prove they needed to carry a gun. On March 6, 2012, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg ruled such a requirement was unconstitutional, stating, “A citizen may not be required to ‘offer a good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

Maryland legislators would be wise to keep Legg’s ruling in mind as Gov. O’Malley presses them to put another requirement between citizens and the exercise of their 2nd Amendment rights.

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  • 21 User comments to “Maryland Governor Wants to Charge $100 for 2nd Amendment Right”

    1. Good and substantial reason for concealed carry is still in effect with a “stay” on the decision.

    2. Bill Baker on February 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM said:

      Pay for a license to own a gun, sounds nothing like registering all handguns, or at least all owners does it?

    3. aggression by our elected officials,very offencive to the citizens. A stop should put to this!

    4. Since when do I have to pay for a God given right. What about the 13th amendment. Shall we say $500/year to stay a free man? Or how about $1,000.00 to the government to continue to have due process of the law or the 14th amendment.
      I wonder if these will be tax deductable.

    5. D. Murphy on February 8, 2013 at 7:51 AM said:

      Interesting that all these restrictions on our rights and assault on lawful gun owners come from blue states and democrats. Are you people who own guns and vote democratic learning anything yet?

    6. Shall we listen to the wisdom of our founding fathers who put their LIVES and fortunes on the line to give us the liberties and freedoms we enjoy through the Constitution and Amendments OR, shall we bend to the shrill voice of this socialist POLITCIAN who wants to not only take these freedoms, but make us pay for that theft! No, I see these thugs for what they are…..crying “save the children” as they plunder our pockets to pay for their failing entitlement state. We are just a cash cow for them.

    7. There is precedence for this too. Look at over here in Illinois. We have to pay $10.00 for a 10 year FOID (Firearm Owner ID) Card. Can’t even go into a gun shop and touch a gun without it.

    8. If this gets defeated, maybe we in Illinois can get ours rescinded.

    9. Jay Cochrane on February 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM said:

      The 100.00 charge is only the beginning. I live in MD. There will be required fingerprinting at 25.00 to 50.00. You must travel to a State Police barracks to register before purchase. There will be a required 8 hour safety class requiring taking a day off work and at cost to be determined later (but required safe driver classes mandated by courts here cost several hundred dollars). AND, the process must be repeated every five years to maintain ownership or face fines and imprisonment. Most of the public is against this if a recent set of hearings at the state house is any indication; but, liberal “do-gooder” MD legislators will attempt this anyway. Jay

    10. Right there with you Jay. Guess these communists give new meaning to getting every “RED cent”.

    11. Seanoamericano on February 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM said:

      Is there no end to the stupidity?

    12. rebellyell on February 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM said:

      Excellent idea, Maryland. Just think of all the expense the public incures because of gun owners shooting up schools, malls, themselves, and their families. I think an additional idea would be to make gun owners buy insurance on each one of their guns. The second ammendment does not give you the right to be a selfish jerk!

    13. Pay for rights?

    14. Taylor Britton on February 8, 2013 at 2:54 PM said:

      Are you kidding me they want to charge you 100 dollars this does not include your gun, your class, or your payment for when you actually wanna get your concealment. They are called rights are founding fathers fought this battle for us along time ago to make us free and have those rights for free.

    15. Now hold on there folks. This fellow might just be on to something here. How about this… $100 per event to the local State and Fed gov, each time one of these guys makes a speech. $1000. each time a promise is shown to have been broken. $10,000 for every lie they tell. $1,000,000. per year after election for their political registrtion and monthly fees to each level of gov for License to speak in that juristiction. A little imagination and this could make a lot of real revenue and a lot less BS from his type!

    16. Roscoe, I’m beginning to like the way you think.

    17. Shawn Grammont on February 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM said:

      Is he out of his mind.

    18. Absolute bastions of honor and integrity, those maryland Guvs…since the days of Agnew……

      The good people of Maryland should require their public servant to do something constructive for his pay…like shelling crabs and shucking oysters….

    19. "gunner" on February 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM said:

      @ farang,
      they’re already shucking and jiving.

    20. The 2nd Amendment, as well as the 1st and 3rd are rights conferred by GOD! Not by a committee, not by a proxy vote, not by government! Maybe they should begin teaching this concept in the public schools once again! We haven’t had treason trials followed by executions in 58 years! Maybe it’s time to plug in the electric chairs once more!!!

    21. I think it’s time for the people of the north east to either vote the liberals out, or move to another state that has respect for our rights.

      Rebellyell: Maybe someone will violate your rights and take your freedom or gag you so you can’t talk, because you are “being a selfish jerk” wanting us to pay for our rights.

      That’s how liberals work, they want to Tax us for everything, while letting the Violent Criminals continue making us victims. The Liberals own and carry guns, but they don’t have to comply with any laws, and they cheat on taxes too.

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