Maryland: General Assembly Overrides Vetoes of Private Transfer Bans

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Senate Bill 208 and House Bill 4 ban the sale or transfer of long guns between private individuals without first paying fees and obtaining government permission. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- On February 11, the Maryland House of Delegates voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of House Bill 4 after deferring the vote earlier in the week. Previously, on February 9th, the Senate voted to override the veto of Senate Bill 208. This law goes into effect in 30 days.

Senate Bill 208 and House Bill 4 ban the sale or transfer of long guns between private individuals without first paying fees and obtaining government permission. Firearm transfers such as loans and gifts between friends, neighbors, or fellow hunters, are not exempted. Research shows such proposals have no impact on violent crime, as criminals obtain the vast majority of their firearms through theft or straw purchases.

It is disappointing that the Maryland General Assembly is bent on continuing their decades-long assault on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens rather than joining with Gov. Hogan to “hold violent criminals accountable” for their actions as he stated in his veto statement last year.

Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on issues impacting our Second Amendment rights in Maryland.


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RoyD
RoyD
15 days ago

That is what happens when evil people are in charge. “”It cannot be understated. B o l s h e v i s m was the greatest human s l a u g h t e r of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant of this reality is proof that the global media itself is in the hands of the perpetrators.” A l e k s a n d r S o l z h e n i t s y n (1918-2008), Nobel-Prize-winning novelist, historian” Just one of endless examples: Katyn – WWII’s Forgotten… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
15 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

RoyD,

Since we’re talking about things forgotten:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1980s-far-left-female-led-domestic-terrorism-group-bombed-us-capitol-180973904/
WAAAAY more than running through the halls on Jan 6.

RoyD
RoyD
15 days ago

Funny thing about lesbians, they are almost always violent people. Even the “pretty” ones.

Knute
Knute
15 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

That doesn’t seem so strange to me.
Being unable to reproduce, they can care nothing about their non-existent progeny. It’s only a small step from there to caring nothing for anybody but oneself.
That level of selfishness is the very definition of evil. And evil IS violence, particularly when it doesn’t get its own way.
So that whole sequence seems very logical and reasonable to me. 🙂

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
15 days ago
Reply to  Knute

Actually I was more interested in the who Clinton pardoned and is now a top member of BLM. They all seem to have done pretty well for themselves.

Knute
Knute
15 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

Also speaking of things forgotten: we have the “Battle of Athens”… Tennessee. US veterans had to stage an armed revolt to get access to the ballot boxes… which turned out to have been rigged by the local authorities! The stealing of elections in the US is nothing new. An honest election is almost unheard of. Here in Montana our Capitol isn’t even Helena. The election was rigged in Helena’s favor, over Butte, at the time we became a State. The corruption didn’t come to light until in the 1960’s, when the house that had belonged to the Territorial Governor (long… Read more »

loveaduck
loveaduck
15 days ago

I can loan my car to my nephew. I can loan my dog, crossbow, bowie knife, but not my deer rifle unless I pay $50 and make sure the state knows it. What the hell is with that?

Autsin Miller III
Autsin Miller III
15 days ago

well I bet criminals all over the state are changing their plans to get guns just because of this new law. You can almost hear them saying, “What are going to do now?”

Big George
Big George
16 days ago

When I was a rookie cop, a training officer said there were three things he never wanted to hear from me, ” it’s not fair, I can’t believe it and, I don’t understand”. When it comes to gov’mint and our 2nd. Amendment, this too applies!

John Dow
John Dow
16 days ago

I still don’t undertand where any government, state or federal, really has the contitutional authority to interpose itself in any transaction, private or retail. NICS, UBC, FOID, purchase permits, tax stamps- all infringe on 2A. Period

Grim
Grim
16 days ago

Washington has a similar law for private sales. Haven’t complied and never will.

Tionico
Tionico
16 days ago
Reply to  Grim

and you are far from the only one to not comply.

Pa John
Pa John
16 days ago

I foresee a tremendous number of private firearm transfers happening for years to come in that state, and all of them will be post dated prior to this law taking effect. I.E. – when a Marylander sells his/her best friend / neighbor / cousin / etc. a gun a year from now, they will simply privately date that private transfer back to now, prior to this wildly unconstitutional law taking effect. I just now bought a gun a year ago, so to speak. And in the meanwhile, the general population becomes ever more conditioned to ignoring, breaking, and refusing to… Read more »

Bob
Bob
16 days ago
Reply to  Pa John

Excellent overview! Constitutional rights by definition transcend the law. This should be the default position of the courts in which the law would have no standing in federal court when challenged. For example, the law “allows” legal carry, but first a permit is required a pay fee of $200. Like lemmings going over the cliff, we say that sounds reasonable as the state has to recover the cost of processing and managing the administration of permits. But stop and think, the state has no a priori right to impose itself between the citizen and his Constitutional right to bear arms… Read more »

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Oldvet
Oldvet
16 days ago
Reply to  Bob

Remember The 2A is not privilege , it does not grant a right , It IS a restriction on what the government can do ! These tyrants are actively attacking at least three amendments , Freedom of speech , Right to bear arms , and freedom of religion . It would be impossible to get passed but I believe repeal of the 17th amendment should be attached to any and all “must pass ” legislation .

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Tionico
Tionico
16 days ago
Reply to  Oldvet

add freedom from self’incrimination. Fill out that paperwork to “transfer” you have admitted you own that gun, when I’d rather they not even know I have it.

Oldvet
Oldvet
16 days ago
Reply to  Tionico

That would be the 5th

Tionico
Tionico
16 days ago
Reply to  Pa John

you over-complicate the “private transfer”. Do like we’ve been doing in WashingtonState since BlomingIdiotBurg bought us a similar law (anyone want to wager on the involvement of some of the same perverted actors pushing this thing through Maryland?) As long as seller knows the firearm in question was made prior to the ban, there is no problem. One guy puts the cash on the table, the other guy puts the weapon on the table, both pick up the pile they prefer, and go home happy. Paperwork? WEE DOAN NEEEEED NO StEENKEENG PAPERS. Go owner number one bought it new before… Read more »

swmft
swmft
16 days ago

would be nice if we had any federal agency that was not for the government,for the most part fbi and atf ARE A violation of title 18
When we went from protect and serve to “LAW ENFORCEMENT” that is a statement of tyranny not there to help but control pretty much when I got out

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Stripeseven
Stripeseven
16 days ago

Unless those that seek to destroy America are prosecuted for their crimes against the people, these assaults on Liberty and Freedom will continue. TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242 explains in a language that everyone can easily understand, that deprivation of rights is a federal crime. No one is above the law…

Stripeseven
Stripeseven
16 days ago

“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”—– Thomas Jefferson
And the Marxist revolution continues..

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
16 days ago

So let’s see…If I live in Maryland how will I get around this OBVIOUSLY UNconstitutional piece of crap “legislation”. Oh, I know, I’ll give, sell or transfer my long gun in the privacy of my home over the family dinner table to WHOEVER I WANT TO and exactly how are the busibody psychopathic control freak “legislatures” going to know? Gee, I guess they won’t. SCREW THEM.

Red Falcon 1325
Red Falcon 1325
16 days ago

Fees and government permission – what BS. How can they possibly think people will go through this hassle to sell some of their personal property. This is nothing but a libturd state looking for more tax income and slowly and surely slipping in more and more Constitutional restrictions.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
16 days ago

Don’t you mean slipping in more and more UNconstitutional restrictions?

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
16 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Then again an unconstitutional restriction is an oxymoron.

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Laddyboy
Laddyboy
16 days ago

This ANTI-AMERICAN LAW DOES NOT CONCUR WITH THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THUS this DemoKKKrat communistic “law” IS NULL AND VOID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
16 days ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Only if the people of Maryland rise up and shut it down before it goes any further

loveaduck
loveaduck
15 days ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

Too many ignorant chicken shits.

PMinFl
PMinFl
15 days ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

Eighty percent don’t care and twenty percent don’t comply.

Agostino
Agostino
16 days ago

A couple of minor objections. It’s unenforceable. It sets the maximum fee a dealer can charge to process the transfer. It has no nexus to crime. It will probably be more ignored than the 55 MPH speed limit. The legislature should wake up and repeal it.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
16 days ago
Reply to  Agostino

Naaaa…they would rather make more “laws” that the people will IGNORE and at least get a taste of what kind of jack asses they voted in so that maybe next time around they can vote in someone with at least two brain cells to rub together.

Knute
Knute
16 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

No capital city in the US has two brain cells left to rub together. Not even in total, much the less inside of just one head. They’re almost ready to forget how to process oxygen. Which will be a most excellent moment for human beings everywhere.

BadDad
BadDad
16 days ago
Reply to  Knute

21 below frigid.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
16 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Wasn’t that the responsibility and duty of the voters to do that in the first place?

Tionico
Tionico
16 days ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

BOOM!!!!!