Maryland ––(Ammoland.com)- Those opposed to your civil rights acted in the dead of night to hijack a pro-rights bill and turn it into an anti-carry bill.
The usual suspects are attempting to add an open-ended “training requirement” to the law, that has no limits, no requirements and no detail.
It allows a commission appointed by politicians to design and certify training that you must pass before you exercise your civil rights.
This is a naked attempt to enact restrictions after a federal court already ruled an existing state law unconstitutional. This ‘no limit’ training requirement could easily take lessons from places like DC and Chicago – places where it is all but impossible for normal people to meet massive and confusing rules all designed to keep people from exercising their fundamental rights. They could create a requirement that calls for trainers to be certified by the state – and then do things to limit the number of trainers.
That idea is straight from DC, where it costs almost $200 to get your training certificate just to own a gun.
These requirements will be designed to limit the number of people who can exercise the right. History has taught us that onerous requirements on civil rights primarily affect those who need the most protection. This bill will disenfranchise poor and minority people in disproportionate numbers. Anytime you set up politically motivated obstacles to exercise a civil right, you are targeting those who need them the most.
MSI does not favor any additional restrictions but offered language that would have allowed a true safety training regimen that would not raise cost or limit exercise of the right. It was crafted from proven systems used nationwide for almost a quarter or a century, and it would have prevented political appointees from getting creative. This language was ignored.
This bill is not yet law. We have a narrow window to stop this. You need to act immediately. Today and tomorrow are the last real chance to stop this.
Call your representatives now. Fax them. Email them. Visit their offices. Be polite, be respectful but be firm – this is not a safety bill, it is a civil rights denial bill. Tell them to not pass a ‘no limit’ training requirement!
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