Maryland Handgun Permit Review Board Under Attack by Progressive Democrats

Maryland Handgun Permit Review Board Under Attack by Progressive Democrats

Maryland – -( In 2016, as a part of the Justice Reinvestment Act, Maryland created a Justice Reinvestment Advisory Board with representatives from various government and citizen groups to serve as an independent check and balance on issues related to correctional detainment activities within Maryland.

  • Then again, in 1999, the City of Baltimore was directed, by Maryland statute, to create the Civilian Review Board to allow citizen oversight of the Baltimore Police Department, with local representation from each Police District mandated under law.
  • Once more, in 1998, following compliance requirements under Federal Law, the Citizens Review Board for Children was formed to allow direct citizen participation in the oversight of the activities of the various child protection system elements within the various jurisdictions of Maryland.

Why do I write a historical precis? For purely partisan political reasons, the Maryland General Assembly has decided to attack, with the intention of disbanding, the Handgun Permit Review Board.

This board, created by statute in 1972, has a 46 year history of reviewing Maryland State Police decisions concerning the issuance of handgun permits. The more recent iterations of the HPRB have been making decisions that are unpopular with the progressive leadership of the Maryland General Assembly because they have the audacity of holding the Maryland State Police Licensing Division to a plain interpretation of the actual statutory requirements for permit issuance. The progressive leadership refuses to admit that the Licensing Division is using arbitrary, capricious, and highly subjective standards that are not consistent across the application pool when deciding to whom to issue a permit and what restrictions, if any, are to be associated with the issuance.

CALL TO ACTION: Attend the upcoming HPRB Bill Hearings.

  • Senate Bill 1000 (Senator Beidle) – Senate Executive Nominations Committee, March 8, 2019 @ 0900
  • House Bill 1343 (Delegate Atterbeary) – House Judiciary Committee, March 12, 2019 @ 1300

The Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association will stand, once again, in strong defense of Constitutional Rights in front of the General Assembly to ensure the voices of law-abiding firearms owners are represented. Please see our Legislation Tracker for ready reference to current bill status and our positions on the issues presented.

Very respectfully,

Michael J. Doherty

2nd Vice President – Legislative Affairs

Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association

About Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association (MSRPA):

The Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association (MSRPA) is the flagship Gun Rights organization in and for the State of Maryland. The Association offers both individual and club memberships. Support of the shooting disciplines and legislative activities is primarily through a systems of committees. All participants are volunteers. In the face of a near tidal wave of citizen disarmament occurring in Maryland, the MSRPA has played a critical part in drawing the line and standing firm for Gun Rights. Without this resistance, things would have been much worse and been so much sooner. Now the objective is to continue to develop new activists with numerous individual skills who will help us bring Maryland into line with the rest of the states which have made strong gains in protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

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Mr. Boomstick

If you would like to know more about the handgun review debacle here in Maryland and what we are up against, I do a great breakdown along with Paul Brockman of The Patriot Picket. We have people who watch over the handgun review board. Listen specifically to the second hour of the radio show where we bring Paul in to talk about the issue with the democrats attacking the board and the sneaky way they are doing this. I had the opportunity to co-host a radio show for our gun rights and elaborate on the issues at hand here in… Read more »


Although writing about the Home Guard, even socialist George Orwell expressed the core principle of firearms possession:

“The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer’s cottage, is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”

Maybe we can avoid confusion but just calling today’s socialists National Socialists.

willy d

This is a very lethal virus that is sweeping both coasts of the U S and has to be stopped! It is in the states of Maine, Mass, Conn, RI,NY, NJ, Md, Del, DC, also starting to infect states of Vt, Pa, Va, while Calf, Or, Wash, Nev, are also infected, by Anti-Gun personal that want all of the Second Amendment destroyed, and failing to understand that without it the rest of our Constitution is at a threat to be destroyed also, there will be no defense of it under their Socialist rule take over!!!!!!!! These fools live under the… Read more »

rich z

Flash, Local I.H.O.P. (on long island) has shootout by local gang. I, will bet the gun used was UN registered. P.S. they got the low life, who pulled the trigger.

Robert J. Lucas

‘Shall Not Be Infringed’ Socialism>Communism>Gun Control=Disarmament=Extermination… The Impoverished Deadly Agenda… “Seemingly utopian pacifists are free to profess their love of a weapon-free world, but they must start by disarming the evil, criminal and tyrannical. Disarming the public is a vent for their twisted fear and hatred, a grotesque affront to freedom, and unacceptable. Disarming an innocent person is an act of violence.” “Guns save lives. Guns stop crime. Guns are why America is still free.” “The right of decent private citizens to personally possess, transport, and responsibly use arms without government interference is the ultimate freedom and the main pillar… Read more »

David purtell

These communist social democrats are a cancer on the head of
This country and must be VOTED OUT OF THE POLITICAL RING

Tim Kiphart

The “progressives” also labelled private citizens seeking redress from their government “homegrown terrorists,” and called for them to be doxed. Meanwhile, criminals, who dont give a damn about the law, continue their murdering rampage. Twelve people were shot in one day in Baltimore last week. All this while the Demanding Mommies and the Dems seek to make it difficult for law abiding citizens to exercise their rights by abolishing civilian oversight of the police through dissolution of the Handgun Permit Review Board. Folks should attend the hearings and tell the legislators exactly how little sense it makes to restrict lawful… Read more »