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House Gun Bill Day Is March 4th.
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House Gun Day is Here

House “Gun Bill Day” Hearing Agenda Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 is the first gun bill day in the Maryland House of Delegates, since FSA 2013 was heard a little over a year ago. Last year was one bill and 14 hours of testimony, for and against the bill. This year there are 30 bills to be heard, we have the opportunity to prove that last year was no fluke, and to keep the pressure on our elected officials in an election year. If you are able to make it to testify, please make sure you are signed up by 12:45 PM on Tuesday, March 4. If you are unable to attend in person, we highly encourage you to submit written testimony to the committee. 

Weather Information

The weather situation in Maryland remains uncertain for Tuesday. A predicted major snow storm will hit on Monday. Hearings often proceed during inclement weather events. While MSI would never ask anyone to put their safety in jeopardy; if you can safely make it to Annapolis it will speak volumes about your support for the 2nd Amendment. Check out City of Annapolis and General Assembly websites for upd to date information. 

Survey About House Bill Day

Maryland Shall Issue® in association with the other 2A groups who stand up for your 2nd Amendment rights invite you to participate in a brief survey about your intended participation in House Gun Bill days. These surveys will help us gage expected turnout. 

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Chili's Fundraiser for MSI

If you have time, before or after the hearing, Chilis in Annapolis is partnering with Maryland Shall Issue for a fund drive. If you eat at Chilis on March 4, 20% of your receipt will be donated to Maryland Shall Issue with this flyer. 

Annapolis Information and Witness Guidelines
-Anyone wishing to testify on any bill must sign the witness register by 12:45 p.m.
-Witnesses are strongly encouraged not to read their testimony and limit their testimony to three minutes for an individual and five minutes for a panel of individuals.
-Written testimony must be submitted no later than one hour prior to the scheduled start of the hearing.
-Written testimony must include the appropriate bill number on the front page and the name of the person and/or organization submitting the testimony. Thirty-five copies should be submitted to the committee clerk.

-The order in which bills are listed on the schedule is not necessarily the order in which the bills will be heard.
-Any extra written testimony will be available at the conclusion of the hearing.
-Food and drinks are not permitted in the audience area, and cell phones should be turned off.

Members and contact information of the House Judiciary

We cannot stress this enough: be respectful of the committee and your surroundings. Remember that this hearing is a legal proceeding and its chairman, Delegate Joseph F. Vallario, is effectively the judge presiding over it. We may have deeply rooted philosophical disagreements with him and some of the committee members, but they are all deserving of respect. Please don’t be the person who instantly becomes a sound bite for the other side.

The parking situation in downtown Annapolis during the work week is always very difficult. It will be particularly troublesome tomorrow. You are strongly encouraged to forget about parking downtown and head for the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, located off of Taylor Avenue at Rowe Boulevard. Parking in the main lot is $5. A shuttle service will bring you to the Senate building and drop you off at the lot. This service is $2 each way and will run until 9PM. If you are of a mind to do so, it is roughly a one mile walk from the parking lot to the Senate building.

Pay attention to MSI’s Facebook/Twitter pages for breaking news and updates. If using Twitter, use hash tag #MD2A

Complete list of all MD 2A Bills

Support
(HB 36)-Public Safety – Handgun Permit – Applicant Qualifications Del. Smigiel
Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police find that a person has a good and substantial reason to carry, wear, or transport a handgun before issuing a handgun permit to the person.

Oppose
(HB 42)-Public Safety – Firearms – Application Approval Before Sale, Rental, or Transfer Del. Cardin,
Prohibiting a licensed firearm dealer or other person, notwithstanding a specified provision of law, from selling, renting, or transferring a regulated firearm to a firearm applicant until the licensee or other person has received notice from the Secretary of State Police that the applicant's firearm application has been approved. (Trying to get rid of the 8th day release.)

Support
(HB 60)- Repeal of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 Del. Smigiel
Repealing a specified exception to the prohibition against carrying a deadly weapon on public school property; repealing the prohibition on the possession or use of specified firearm ammunition during and in relation to the commission of a crime of violence; altering the authorization for a person to wear, carry, or transport a handgun; repealing the designation of specified firearms as assault weapons; etc..

Support
(HB 62)-License Issued by Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia – Reciprocity Del. Smigiel
Specifying that a license to carry a regulated firearm, including a concealed regulated firearm, issued to an individual by Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia is valid in Maryland

Oppose
(HB 90)-Disqualifying Crime – Domestically Related Crime Del. Simmons Broadening the definition of domestically related.
§6-233.
(a) In this section, “domestically related crime” means a crime committed by a defendant against a victim who is a person eligible for relief, as defined in § 4-501 of the Family Law Article, or who had a sexual relationship with the defendant within 12 months before the commission of the crime.(b) (1) If a defendant is convicted of or receives a probation before judgment disposition for a crime, on request of the State’s Attorney, the court shall make a finding of fact, based on evidence produced at trial, as to whether the crime is a domestically related crime.
(2) The State has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the crime is a domestically related crime.
(c) If the court finds that the crime is a domestically related crime under subsection (b) of this section, that finding shall become part of the court record for purposes of reporting to the Criminal Justice Information System Central Repository under § 10-215 of this article.

Oppose
(HB 94)-Criminal Law – Prohibition on Manufacture of Detachable Magazine or Firearm Receiver – 3–Dimensional Printing Del. Arora
Defining the term "manufacture" in order to prohibit a person from using any material to create or modify a detachable magazine; prohibiting a person from using a 3-dimentional printer to manufacture a firearm receiver; and stating specified findings of the General Assembly relating to 3-D printers.(The 3-D printing bill. Like one of the other posters mentioned, the modify part is questionable and should be discussed. I don't like the bill myself and think the new technology should be available to whomever wants to use it. There are already laws, federal and state that address manufacture of firearms and magazines over 10 rounds.)

Oppose
(HB115)- Task Force to Study Firearms and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Devices Del. Conaway
Establishing the Task Force to Study Firearms and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Devices; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; prohibiting a member of the Task Force from receiving specified compensation, but authorizing the reimbursement of specified expenses; requiring the Task Force to study and make recommendations regarding the feasibility, utility, benefits, and costs of using GPS technology to track and monitor firearms sold and possessed in the State; etc. (MSI and AGC were mentioned for the task force.)

Support
(HB122)- Public Safety – Assault Weapons and Detachable Magazines – Possession or Transport by Nonresident Del. K. Kelly
Authorizing the possession or transport by a nonresident of the State of an assault weapon or a detachable magazine that has been legally purchased outside the State for the purpose of using the assault weapon or detachable magazine to participate in an organized military activity, a target shoot, formal or informal target practice, or a sport shooting event, having the assault weapon or detachable magazine repaired at a bona fide repair shop, or traveling through the State for a lawful purpose.

No Position
(HB215)- Public Safety – Handgun Permits – Renewal Period for Retired Law 2 Enforcement Officer Del. Cluster, Afzali, Arentz, Aumann, Bates, Boteler, Bromwell, Cardin, Clippinger, DeBoy, Eckardt, Frank, George, Glass, Haddaway–Riccio, Hogan, Hough, Jacobs, James, K. Kelly, Kipke, Krebs, McComas, McConkey, McDermott, McDonough, Minnick, Mitchell, Myers, Norman, Otto, Parrott, Ready, Schuh, Schulz, Szeliga, Weir, and Wood
Establishing that a handgun permit issued to a retired law enforcement officer of the State or a county or municipal corporation of the State expires on the last day of the holder's birth month following 5 years after the date the permit is issued and may be renewed for successive periods of 5 years each if, at the time of an application for renewal, the applicant possesses the qualifications for the issuance of a permit; and providing that a retired law enforcement officer who applies for a permit renewal is not required to be fingerprinted.

Support
(HB262)- Bow Hunting - Possession of Handguns for Protection Delegates Beitzel, Jacobs, and Weir
Prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from restricting specified licensed bow hunters from openly carrying a handgun under specified circumstances.
Cross filed with SB231

No Position
(HB286)- Criminal Law - Use of Handgun in Crime of Violence or Felony - Statute of Limitations Del. Valentino-Smith, Arora, Clippinger, Howard, Rosenberg, Swain, and ValderramaThis is cross filed with the Senate SB248
Providing that a person who violates a specified provision of law prohibiting using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence or felony is not covered by the 1-year statute of limitations for a misdemeanor.

Support
(HB521)- Firearms - Handgun Permit Requirements - Handgun Qualification License Holders Delegates Haddaway-Riccio, Arentz, Aumann, Bates, Beitzel, Boteler, Bromwell, Cluster, Dwyer, Eckardt, Elliott, Fisher, Frank, George, Hogan, Hough, Impallaria, Jacobs, K. Kelly, Kipke, Krebs, McComas, McConkey, McDermott, McDonough, McMillan, Myers, Norman, O'Donnell, Otto, Ready, Schuh, Schulz, Serafini, Smigiel, Stifler, Stocksdale, Szeliga, Vitale, Wilson, and Wood
Requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun permit to a person who has been issued a specified handgun qualification license.

Oppose as Written
(HB623)- Public Safety - Criminal Justice Information System - Integration With Maryland Automated Firearms System Delegates Simmons and Kramer
Requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to integrate the Criminal Justice Information System with the Maryland Automated Firearms System to allow the Department of State Police to identify individuals who purchased a firearm prior to October 1, 2013, and were subsequently convicted of a disqualifying crime requiring the surrender of firearms; etc.

Support
(HB659)- Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Transport Through State Delegates Szeliga, Afzali, Arentz, Aumann, Beitzel, Boteler, Cluster, Eckardt, Elliott, Fisher, Frank, George, Glass, Haddaway-Riccio, Hogan, Hough, Impallaria, James, Kach, K. Kelly, Kipke, Krebs, McComas, McDermott, McDonough, Myers, Norman, O'Donnell, Otto, Parrott, Ready, Schulz, Serafini, Smigiel, and Stocksdale
Specifying that a person who is not a resident of the State and who is not prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm in the person's state of residence may transport a regulated firearm through the State to another state under specified circumstances; etc..
Cross filed with SB974

Support
(HB712)- Crimes - Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime - Diminution Credits and Sentencing Delegates Smigiel, Afzali, Eckardt, Glass, Haddaway-Riccio, Jacobs, McDermott, Otto, Schulz, and Stocksdale
Prohibiting the earning of diminution credits to reduce the term of confinement of an inmate committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Correction or sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a local correctional facility who is serving a sentence for the use of certain firearms in the commission of certain crimes; clarifying that a court may not impose less than a certain mandatory minimum sentence for the use of certain firearms in the commission of certain crimes; prohibiting a court from suspending any part of a certain mandatory minimum sentence; providing for the application of this Act; and generally relating to the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime.
Cross filed with SB164

Support
(HB713)- Public Safety - Handgun Safety Devices - External Safety Locks Delegates Smigiel, Afzali, Aumann, Bromwell, Cluster, Elliott, Fisher, George, Glass, Jacobs, K. Kelly, Kipke, Krebs, McComas, McDermott, W. Miller, Ready, Schulz, Stocksdale, Szeliga, and Vitale
Authorizing the sale, offer for sale, rental, or transfer in the State of a handgun that is sold, offered for sale, rented, or transferred with an external safety lock as an alternative to an integrated mechanical safety device.

Support
(HB715)- Public Safety - Handgun Identification Requirements - Repeal Delegates Smigiel, Afzali, Arentz, Aumann, Bates, Boteler, Cluster, Costa, Dwyer, Eckardt, Fisher, Frank, George, Haddaway-Riccio, Jacobs, K. Kelly, McConkey, McDermott, W. Miller, O'Donnell, Otto, Schulz, Stifler, and Vitale
Repealing a provision of law requiring certain firearms manufacturers and dealers and the Department of State Police to take certain actions relating to identification of handguns; and generally relating to handgun identification requirements. (Does away with the spent shell casing)
Cross filed with SB584

Support
(HB716)- Public Safety – Handgun Qualification License – Qualified Handgun Instructors and Permit Holders Delegates Smigiel, Afzali, Aumann, Bromwell, Cluster, Elliott, George, Glass, Jacobs, K. Kelly, Kipke, Krebs, McComas, W. Miller, Ready, Schulz, Stocksdale, Szeliga, and Vitale
Establishing that certain provisions relating to a handgun qualification license do not apply to a certain qualified handgun instructor; establishing that a person may purchase, rent, or receive a handgun without a handgun qualification license if the person is a certain qualified handgun instructor and is not otherwise prohibited under State or federal law; requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun qualification license to a certain person who meets the requirements for a certain permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun; and generally relating to handgun qualification licenses.

Support
(HB717)- Public Safety – Firearms Safety Training – Demonstration Component Delegates Smigiel, Afzali, Aumann, Bromwell, Cluster, Elliott, George, Glass, K. Kelly, Kipke, Krebs, McComas, W. Miller, Ready, Schulz, Stocksdale, Szeliga, and Vitale
Repealing a requirement that a certain firearms safety training course necessary for the issuance of a handgun qualification license include a firearms orientation component that demonstrates the person’s safe operation and handling of a firearm; repealing a requirement that a certain firearms training course necessary for the issuance of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun include a firearms qualification component that demonstrates the applicant’s proficiency and use of the firearm; and generally relating to firearms safety training.

Support
(HB719)- Public Safety - Firearms - Probation Before Judgment Delegates Smigiel, Afzali, McDermott, W. Miller, and Schulz
Altering the definition of “convicted of a disqualifying crime” to allow a person who has received probation before judgment to possess a regulated firearm, rifle, or shotgun and to become a firearm dealer and to allow a dealer or other person to sell, rent, or transfer a regulated firearm to a person who has received probation before judgment; and generally relating to probation before judgment and firearms. (Expands into expunged charges.)

Support
(HB720)- Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Training Requirement Delegates Smigiel, Afzali, Arentz, Cluster, Dwyer, Fisher, Glass, Jacobs, McComas, McDermott, W. Miller, O'Donnell, Otto, and Schulz
Repealing the requirement that a certain applicant renewing a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun complete a certain training requirement; exempting a certain applicant for a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun from a certain training requirement under certain circumstances; and generally relating to the issuing of permits to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.

Support
(HB800)- Public Safety – Handgun Permits – Training Requirement for Renewal Applications Delegates K. Kelly, Cluster, Glass, Hough, McComas, McDermott, Parrott, and Smigiel
Repealing the requirement that an applicant for the renewal of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun complete a certain firearms training course; and generally relating to handgun permits.

Support
(HB818)- Regulated Firearms - Licensed Dealer or Secondary Seller - National Instant Criminal Background (NICS) Check Delegates Smigiel, Aumann, Cluster, Dwyer, Eckardt, Glass, Haddaway-Riccio, Hough, McDermott, Ready, Serafini, and Szeliga
Authorizing a specified licensed firearms dealer or secondary seller to conditionally sell, rent, or transfer a firearm to a firearm applicant under specified circumstances; prohibiting a licensee or secondary seller from selling, renting, or transferring a firearm under specified circumstances; and requiring a licensee or secondary seller to notify a firearms applicant that an application has been approved or disapproved under specified circumstances.

Support
(HB919)- Public Safety - Transport of Weapons on School Property - Retired Law Enforcement Officer Delegates K. Kelly, Cluster, DeBoy, McDermott, and Smigiel
Providing that a specified prohibition on carrying or possessing a specified weapon on public school property does not include a specified retired law enforcement officer who is a parent, guardian, or visitor of a student attending a school located on the public school property.

Support
(HB934)- Firearms - Application for Purchase and Required Registration - Use of Term "Voluntary" Registrant Prohibited Delegates Smigiel, Dwyer, Glass, Jacobs, McComas, McDermott, Parrott, and Serafini.
Prohibiting specified applications for purchase of a firearm or registration of a regulated firearm from referring to an applicant as a "voluntary" registrant.

Support
(HB995)- Firearms Freedom Act Delegates Dwyer, Fisher, Haddaway-Riccio, and Schuh.
Prohibiting a specified public servant or dealer in the State from enforcing or attempting to enforce an act, a law, a statute, a rule, or a regulation of the United States government relating to a personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in the State and that remains exclusively within the borders of the State; etc.

Support
(HB997)- Criminal Law - Competition Shooting and Match Shooting - Firearms Exemption Delegates Beitzel, Jacobs, K. Kelly, McComas, Otto, Smigiel, Weir, and Wood
Providing that specified provisions relating to assault weapons and detachable magazines do not apply to the possession or transport to or from a firing range or service rifle match of an assault weapon or a detachable magazine for the exclusive purpose of competition shooting or match shooting by a specified person.

Support
(HB1005)- Firearms - Handgun Permit Requirements - Retired Military Delegates Bromwell, Aumann, Beidle, Bohanan, Boteler, Clagett, Cluster, Conway, Costa, DeBoy, Donoghue, Dwyer, Eckardt, Frank, George, Haddaway-Riccio, Hogan, K. Kelly, Kipke, Love, Malone, McConkey, Minnick, Olszewski, Rudolph, Schuh, Schulz, Smigiel, Vitale, Weir, and Wilson.
Requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a specified handgun permit to a person who is a retired member of the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard.

Oppose
(HB1199)- Possession of Loaded Handgun or Regulated Firearm - Enhanced Penalties Delegate Clippinger
Prohibiting a person from wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun loaded with ammunition on or about the person or in a vehicle under specified circumstances; prohibiting a person from possessing a regulated firearm loaded with ammunition under specified circumstances or if the person is under the age of 21 years; establishing penalties, including mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment, for violations of the Act; etc.

Support
(HB1356)- Bow Hunting - Possession of Handguns for Protection Delegates Glass, K. Kelly, McDonough, and Smigiel
Prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from restricting certain licensed bow hunters from carrying a handgun under certain circumstances; defining a certain term; making stylistic changes; and generally relating to the use of weapons while hunting wildlife.

MSI Online Application - New membership emails

Recently the Board of Directors has been doing data entry for paper membership applications received at shows and public events. As part of this process, the membership manager sends out an email to let you know your membership was entered into the manager. The membership manager helps us managed renewals and eliminates the need for you to re create your membership application every time you renew. We have high hopes that this will make the process easier for everyone in the years to come. Thank you for your patience with the new system.You may use the username and password recieved to your email to update your membership and/or renew. 
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