During the 2013 General Assembly session, the Democrat-controlled legislature handed Governor O’Malley his gun control legislation that further curtailed the rights of law abiding citizens to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights, through the imposition of licensing, training requirements, and further curtailing the number of cartridges allowed in a magazine.
Major Concerns Regarding the Firearm Safety Act of 2013
- No other right in the US Constitution requires a license
- The law bans 45 different semi-automatic handguns and rifles from sale and ownership in Maryland. An 'assault weapon' is defined as a weapon with additional, largely cosmetic, features that do not affect firepower or rate of fire.
- The Firearm 'Safety' Act of 2013 won't work. It focuses on the wrong thing: control of the law-abiding instead of ensuring that existing laws are strictly enforced against gun-wielding criminals.
- Repeal the Firearms Safety Act 2013
- Ensure the State prosecutes violations of existing laws
- Clarify and simplify concealed carry laws in Maryland
- Stop additional laws impeding the right to bear arms
- Redirect funding to enhance mental health services