New Racist Maryland Gun Bill Will Label You a ‘Gun Owner’ on your DRLC
“This kind of Gun Owner Discrimination is the same as if your DRLC labeled you as being Jewish or Gay. – AmmoLand.com” Read more on why we think this is civil discrimination.
Maryland – -(AmmoLand.com)- If Brian Frosh and Samuel Rosenberg have their way, Maryland’s gun owners will be singled out for “Special Treatment” and branded as “gun owners” on their driver’s license.
The rumors were true and we are now facing the 2 most onerous and dangerous bills ever filed in the Maryland General Assembly. They are SB 645 & HB 820 “Firearm Safety Act of 2010.” These bills are cross filed (identical) bills in the House and the Senate. Despite the politically correct bill titles, they are not about safety.
They are about gun owner control.
The sole purpose of these bills is to discourage the ownership of handguns by increasing the cost, establishing a series of hurdles that citizens must negotiate, providing the Maryland State Police (MSP) with more ways to deny an handgun purchase, and enabling the MSP to build a database of rifle and shotgun owners via dealer’s records.
Highlights of the Licensing Scheme are:
- Handgun purchase permit just to qualify to apply to purchase a handgun (the 7 day wait and background check will still be required)
- Non-refundable fee to cover the cost of applying for a purchase permit
- Training course approved by the Maryland State Police (existing training course may or may not be acceptable and course requirements will be determined by the MSP)
- Applicant must apply to the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) for a national and state criminal records check – this will include fingerprints which now must be scanned at a cost up to $60 which must be paid by the applicant
- Applicant must provide any other identifying information or documentation required by the Maryland State Police
- 30 Day wait for the purchase permit (add 7 days for the normal background check)
- Handgun purchase permit is only valid for 5 years
- New application, fingerprints and application fee are required to renew a purchase permit
- MSP may revoke a purchase permit
- Greatly increased penalties for a violation – some with mandatory minimum prison sentence provisions
- MSP will have ready access to all dealer’s records (a great resource for building a database of gun owners who own rifles and shotguns)
For the purpose of obtaining a license to purchase a handgun, persons with 2 DUI convictions, 1 of which occurred within the past 5 years, will be prohibited from obtaining a license
It is uncertain whether or not a “gun owner” designation on a driver’s license will constitute “probable cause” to search a vehicle during a routine traffic stop.
How are we doing so far?
Since the last AGC Legislative E-mail on these bills was sent, 627 readers have opened the AGC e-mail and 258 clicked on the links. Only 149 used the Civic Action E-mail System. If the 149 readers who used the E-mail system sent e-mails to all of the legislators, they sent a total of 27,863 e-mails to the Maryland General Assembly. If all 627 readers who opened the AGC email had used the Civic Action E-mail System, the total would have been a very impressive 117,249!!
Most of us will be snowed in today, which means we have more than enough time to send e-mails, write letters to legislators and the media opposing SB 645 & HB 820.
We have done everything we can think of to make it easy for you to defend your rights. The rest is up to you!
Make your voice heard, tell the Maryland General Assembly that requiring a license to exercise your Constitutional rights is wrong!
Click here for the SB 645 / HB 820 ACTION ALERT with links to SB 645 & HB 820
Click here for the Civic Action E-mail SystemJohn H. Josselyn
AGC Legislative Vice President
Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc. (AGC), located in Marriottsville, Maryland. The Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc. was formed on July 1, 1944 when a number of World War II veterans in the Baltimore, Maryland area began looking for a place for recreational and competitive shooting. They organized with several other Baltimore area shooting clubs to form the “AGC” Visit: www.associatedgunclubs.org
Maryland voters keep voting for Democrats and they are getting exactly the government they deserve.
All through history the difference between free people and slaves was and now is that slaves were always disarmed and kept that way.
People need to vote with their feet (or wheels) and leave slave states like Maryland, Illinois and some others.
Steve: I think it is pretty clear that this IS a RACIST bill.
Anytime you single out a class of people from the rest of the shepeople with special identification because they choose to exercise a constitutional right then that is a form of civil discrimination.
What if they decided to have a BIG "J" on your DRLC because you practiced the Jewish religion.
It is the same exact thing and it is called discrimination. For more reading on this bill read what Maryland Shall Issue says..
I have owned guns for most of my adult life, and was introduced to guns and gun safety by my dad and his father. I am a former member of the AGC in Marriotsville. Please expaling your use of the word "racist" to describe a proposed gun bill in Maryland? outragous, unconstitutional, harmful, oppresive. I don't see where using the word "racist" is productive. Additionally, I appreciate the links for both of these bills, but would like to point out many issues that need clarification including the articles regarding to firearms purchase, licensing, transport of firearms and communications/ communications interception.… Read more »
Is this part of a MAIG's agenda ? Requiring real ID compliant identification for all gun purchasers. Those in non-complying states, which are many, will no longer be permitted to buy firearms?
In Illinois it's called an FOID card, Annual fees charged by the state for a constitutional right.
If the state is going to publicly identify that you are exercising a constitutional right, how about also identifying (and registering) all members of the press, all religious practitioners, all meeting organizers, all lawyers, etc.?
And if the 'G-man' licenses are implemented, can they extend it to license plates, so I can get a personal plate that reads, "2A – BEST" or some such?