This year's proposed measures aim at outlawing 3D-printed guns — plastic guns capable of shooting live ammunition and made in a 3D printer — and ghost guns — kits containing weapons that are nearly complete and lack serial numbers. Another concern with advocates is the inability to prosecute people for illegal gun transfers due to the claim that a weapon was "loaned" to the other person, not sold.
Bills to outlaw 3D an ghost guns were filed as HB 740 and SB 882, and a measure to deal with "loaned" guns was filed as SB 346.
Many UU's are interested in the issues surrounding gun violence, from closing the gun show loopholes to providing better access to mental health and banning 3d and other traceless guns. We need leadership if we are to pursue this issue. If you are interested, please contact UUMD-MD's Coordinator, Ashley Egan.
Below is the status of the bills we supported at the end of the session:
SJ 2/HJ 9 - Freedom of the Press Day – [Designating June 28 as Freedom of the Press Day in Maryland to memorialize the lives lost on June 28, 2018, at the Capital Gazette offices] – Passed and Signed by Speaker and President (Governor's signature not needed)
SB 622 - Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention – Crime Firearms – Study –– Passed and Signed by Governor
SB 346 – Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Prohibition of Loans – Passed and Signed by Governor
HB 367/SB 536 - Public Safety - Education - Firearm Funding – Failed (HB passed the House but no action by Senate EHEA Committee)
HB 740/SB 882 - Criminal Law – Firearms – Computer–Aided Fabrication and Serial Number (3–D Printed Firearms) – Failed (HB passed the House, but no action in Senate JPR Committee)
HB 468/SB 441 - Public Safety - Access to Firearms - Storage Requirements - Failed (no action in either committee)
2018 Session - Following the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida
The following bills were enacted with the support of UULM-MD:
Rapid Fire Trigger Activators – Both Houses passed identical versions of a bill to ban the sale or possession any device, part, or combination of devices or parts that is designed and functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a firearm beyond the standard rate of fire for firearms that are not so equipped. The governor has signed the Senate Bill.
Handgun Permit Review Board – Appeals – A bill to abolish the Handgun Permit Review Board which had been used to overrule the decisions of the State Police denying handgun carry permits. In its place, a person whose permit is denied may request to appeal the decision to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) instead of the board. The Governor has signed the House Bill.
2013 Session - Following the mass school shooting at Sandy Hook, Connecticut
The Genergal Assembly passed the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, a comprehensive package of reforms to keep Marylanders safe from gun violence. The measure requires all handgun purchasers to undergo four hours of safety training and a background check that includes fingerprinting. It gave State Police the authority to regulate gun dealers, including the power to shut down those whose sales result in a disproportionate number of crimes. Lost or stolen guns must be reported within 72 hours. The law also limits gun magazines to 10 bullets, prohibits the sale of 45 models of assault weapons and copycats, and imposes new penalties for the use of cop-killer bullets in crimes. Finally, the law prohibits people who have had Probation Before Judgment for certain violent crimes, or anyone involuntarily committed for any length of time, from possessing guns.