Gun Violence and the 2021 Session
As bills are introduced, we will provide bill numbers and links to the actual bill text.
Bills We are Supporting:
During the 2020 Session, the General Asembly passed two important bills that were then vetoed by the Governor. We will be seeing overrides of these vetoes when the 2021 session opens:
HB 4/SB 208 - Public Safety- Rifles and Shotguns- Sales, Rentals, and Transfers - requires that a licensed firearms dealer facilitate the "transfer” of a rifle or shotgun. “Transfer” means a sale, a rental, a furnishing, a gift, a loan, or any other delivery, with or without consideration. A dealer may charge a reasonable fee for facilitating a transfer of a rifle or shotgun. The bill establishes penalties for violations.
SB 708 - Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Program Fund and Advisory Council – Alterations - Mandates $3 million in the annual State budget to the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Program Fund for oversight of the Fund, public outreach and education and technical assistance and best practice education for grantees. It also authorizes Baltimore City to use funding appropriated for the Safe Streets Initiative to cover its related expenses.
We also expect to support the following bills that were considered in 2020 but did not pass before the early adjournment of the session:
Child Access Prevention
Legislation is needed to strengthen existing safe storage requirements applicable to firearms that are potentially accessible to an unsupervised child. Unsecured firearms in the home increase the risk of unintentional shootings, homicide, and suicide. The bill modifies the current law by: – increasing the age of a “child” from under 16 to under 18; – requiring that guns are locked by an external safety lock, by an integrated mechanical safety device or in a safe storage depository (lockbox); and – adding a potential penalty of imprisonment not to exceed two years. This bill will reinforce gun owners’ accountability and responsibility for the safe storage of firearms.
Legislation is needed to ban all untraceable guns, including 3D printed guns and firearms assembled by kits.
3D-Printed Guns, which are plastic guns capable of shooting live ammunition and made in a 3D printer.
Ghost Guns which are kits containing guns that are nearly complete and capable of creating weapons that lack serial numbers.
These weapons are assembled in a manner that circumvents our state and federal gun laws. They have no serial number and are therefore incredibly difficult to trace when used in a crime and can circumvent Maryland ’s regulated firearm registry. The exploitation of existing laws not only makes crimes more difficult to solve, but it makes it easier for domestic abusers and criminals to gain access to firearms.
For more information, please contact the acting Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Co-Chairs Jan Bird and Steve Buckingham at GunViolence@uulmmd.org.