From CT Post:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A gun-control measure backed by the governor has made it through the state Senate and supporters say it will make Maryland’s already strong weapons laws some of the toughest in the nation. Opponents decried the bill as an erosion of Second Amendment rights.
The measure, which passed 28 to 19, has a licensing requirement for handgun buyers to submit fingerprints to state police. The provision is intended to reduce the number of guns purchased by a friend or family member of someone who is not allowed to own a gun. All of the supporters were Democrats. Seven Democrats and all 12 Senate Republicans voted against the measure.
CT post doesn’t specify the bill, but according to the Maryland 2013 Regular Session Current Status Report, it’s SB 281, and it passed on its third reading.
Text of SB 281 is here, but it’s basically what anyone who respects the Second Amendment has come to expect. Bans everything, bans a few bizarre, rare, specific things that are scary looking, and then bans some more things. You have to be fingerprinted and licensed by the police to own a handgun, subject to all kinds of restrictions, so on and so forth. The usual from people who hate the Second Amendment.
Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, D-Baltimore, said while much of the debate has focused on preventing mass shootings that have occurred in other parts of the country, his community struggles with deadly gun violence on a regular basis.
“You can get a gun quicker than you can get an apple or orange in my community,” McFadden said. “It’s outrageous. We have to start somewhere. We have to do something.”
Really? Here’s a map of grocery stores in Baltimore. I guess he doesn’t even hear what he’s saying.
Critics said more should be done to punish criminals, not restrict gun rights.
“We’re a body here that’s elected by the people of Maryland to represent our constituents on an issue of this importance and all I kept thinking to myself was we refuse to punish the lawbreakers, but we’re more than willing to trample on constitutional rights,” said Sen. Allan Kittleman, R-Howard.
But supporters emphasized that only the most destructive weapons were being banned for the benefit of public safety.
“I’m talking about killing machines, automatic, semiautomatic weapons with flash suppressors, grenade launchers, silencers, military-style assault grips — things that have no place in the realm of deer hunting or sportsman activities,” said Sen. Roger Manno, D-Montgomery.
Second Amendment isn’t about deer hunting. It isn’t about “sporting” (except maybe 3-gun). It’s about defense from oppression.
And assault grips? Really?
The bill also included an amendment to allow Maryland gun manufacturers to continue making guns that would be banned in Maryland, if they are sold out of state. The change was made to accommodate companies like Berretta, which has a service center in Accokeek.
They aren’t listening to the objections of LWRC or Beretta at all.
The companies are asking why make a product where their employees can’t own it? Why stay somewhere that they’re demonized for making “killing machines, automatic, semiautomatic weapons with flash suppressors, grenade launchers, silencers, military-style assault grips — things that have no place in the realm of deer hunting or sportsman activities” with a tiny loophole cut out for manufacture that will gradually tighten? Their legislators are fools who objectively hate them, so why stay and put up with the abuse?
Maryland’s House, meanwhile, is going/has gonve over HB 294 today. Basically the same bill, same ban, different name.