Maryland Shall Issue Ask Governor To Veto Two Anti-gun Bills

More Assaults on Maryland Gun Owners, iStock-884191290, Allexxandar
More Assaults on Maryland Gun Owners, iStock-884191290

ANNAPOLIS, MD -(Ammoland.com)- Two Maryland anti-gun bills are headed to Governor Larry Hogan’s desk to be signed into law. Maryland Shall Issue, a state gun group, is asking the centrist Republican Governor to veto the draconian bills.

The first bill, titled Public Safety – Untraceable Firearms (SB387/HB425). It passed the Senate earlier this year by a margin of 35-11. The primary focus of the new law is to ban unserialized firearms unless the builder makes the frame themselves. This rule will mean popular unfinished frames like the Polymer80 will be banned. The proposed rule is similar to other pieces of legislation introduced in other Democrat-led states around the country.

Under the new law, Maryland gun owners will have until March 1, 2023, to get into compliance with the new regulations. The owner will have to get the gun engraved with a serial number and register it with the Maryland State Police. If a gun owner decides not to get their firearm engraved with a serial number, the gun owner will have until that date to either remove the gun from the state or otherwise dispose of the firearm.

Anyone caught with an unserialized firearm after March 1, 2023, will face up to two years in prison. The gun owner will not be prohibited from owning a firearm by state or federal authorities. Anyone caught selling an 80% firearm will face up to five years in prison. The deal will lose their right to own a gun.

Unfinished frames and receivers have been in the crosshairs of anti-gun politicians ever since Giffords and other gun-control organizations started pressuring Democrats to ban the item. Mainstream media such as NBC News has also attacked the item popular with the home-building community by releasing hit pieces on the nightly news.

President Biden has declared war on what he calls “ghost guns.” He pressured the ATF to change the rules surrounding unfinished frames and receivers. Last year, the ATF unveiled the proposed rule for public comment. Nearly 300,000 Americans submitted comments for the ATF to consider before releasing the final rule. The new final rule is expected to be announced any day.

Another bill headed to the Governor’s desk for a signature is entitled Public Safety – Licensed Firearms Dealers – Security Requirements (HB 1021). This bill adds requirements for gun dealer locations. These requirements will add extra cost to operating a gun store and discourage new stores from opening in Maryland.

Gun shops in Maryland will need to implement several new security measures. The gun store owner will have to have bars on the windows, security screens, commercial-grade metal doors, grates, or other physical barriers approved by the secretary. The dealer will also have to have a monitored alarm system and camera system installed at the store’s location. The store will also be required to have a barrier system designed to prevent a vehicle from penetrating the building. Outside business hours, all the firearms will be required to be locked up in a vault, safe, or room that meets the state’s requirements.

On the first offense, the state will fine the dealer $1000. On the second offense, the dealer’s license will be suspended. The dealer’s license will be revoked if the gun shop is caught violating the security requirements a third time, putting the merchant out of business.

Maryland Shall Issue is mounting a campaign to persuade the Governor to veto the two bills. This campaign is the last hope to prevent the anti-gun bill from becoming state law. Gun owners are encouraged to visit Maryland Shall Issue for more information.


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John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, or at www.crumpy.com.

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musicman44mag

Anyone caught with an unserialized firearm after March 1, 2023, will face up to two years in prison. The gun owner will not be prohibited from owning a firearm by state or federal authorities. Anyone caught selling an 80% firearm will face up to five years in prison. The deal will lose their right to own a gun. I like the owner will not be prohibited part. Now the state is speaking for the federal government. Ya, right. So there it is. Making something that was once legal, illegal. And this is not gun registration? Believe me, if this passes… Read more »

Finnky

State law can not override federal. Under federal law conviction of a crime which carries potential of more that one year imprisonment results in lifelong prohibition. So they are saying that possession will not result in state level ban, but will result in federal – nationwide ban.

musicman44mag

I read it as if it will not stop you from having a firearm for either. But most of the laws are written to convolute and confuse the common person anyway. Job security you know keeping lawyers being needed.

Laddyboy

Maryland is one of the “MAY, not, ISSUE” states. The “three” requirements needed to obtain a “state permission slip”, which is VERY LIMITED, virtually ELIMINATES every Law Abiding American Citizen. It IS time to REMOVE ALL of the OVER 25,000 ENFRINGEMENT “laws” across America. Law Abiding Americans are NOT the Problem! The BLEEDING HEART JUDGES and LAWYERS who return the CRIMINALS and MURDERS back into the Public ARE THE PROBLEM!

Wild Bill

Yes, Save America, return to the Constitution.

Tackleberry

Restore the Republic.

Wild Bill

Yes! Restore the Republic!

musicman44mag

Not enforcing the death penalty is the biggest problem. We need to change the laws for minors too. Minors are playing the adults knowing they can get away with things and doing it because they can and not spend 25 years in prison just like the two black girls that killed the oriental man while stealing his car.

gregs

larry hogan is a rino, don’t bet he will veto these bills. The first bill, titled Public Safety – Untraceable Firearms (SB387/HB425). It passed the Senate earlier this year by a margin of 35-11. The primary focus of the new law is to ban unserialized firearms unless the builder makes the frame themselves. This rule will mean popular unfinished frames like the Polymer80 will be banned. when you finish a 80% lower you are taking a piece of polymer and making the frame function like a factory manufactured frame. how is that not making it a frame? what about printed frames, i… Read more »