Gun Violence and the 2021 Session

Bills We Supported:

During the 2020 Session, the General Asembly passed two important bills that were then vetoed by the Governor. We supported the successful overrides of these vetoes during the 2021 session:

  • 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 - HB 200 / SB 479
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.

Untraceable Firearms - HB 638 / SB 624

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.

Unfortunately, none of these bills passed in 2021.

For more information, please contact the acting Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Co-Chairs Jan Bird and Steve Buckingham at GunViolence@uulmmd.org​.

Subject
Bill Number
XFile Bill Number
Sponsor
Title
Status
Current Location
Priority
Position
Action
UULM-MD Summary
AG Study extension
HB1186
Delegate Clippinger
Office of the Attorney General - Firearm Crime, Injuries, Fatalities, and Crime Firearms - Study Extension
Passed Enrolled
Governor (signature or veto)
Support
Child Access Prevention
HB0200
SB0479
Delegate Stein
Public Safety - Access to Firearms - Storage Requirements (Jaelynn's Law)
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would further limit access to firearms for children under 18, better defines how a firearm should be stored to deny access to an unsupervised child, and requires the storage of unloaded firearms as well as loaded guns.
Child Access Prevention
SB0479
HB0200
Senator Smith
Public Safety - Access to Firearms - Storage Requirements (Jaelynn's Law)
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would further limit access to firearms for children under 18, better defines how a firearm should be stored to deny access to an unsupervised child, and requires the storage of unloaded firearms as well as loaded guns.
Firearms-Cannibis
HB0543
SB0190
Delegate Hornberger
Firearms – Right to Purchase, Possess, and Carry – Use of Medical Cannabis
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
Firearms-Cannibis/Untraceable
SB0190
HB0543
Senator Hough
Firearms – Right to Purchase, Possess, and Carry – Use of Medical Cannabis
Passed Senate-Favorable with Amendments by House committee
House Floor (No vote taken)
X
Support
Amended to include regulation of undetectable or untraceable "ghost guns" from SB 624
Straw Purchase
HB0669
Delegate Attar
Crimes - Firearms - Straw Purchase Participant Penalty
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
Would change from a misdemeanor to a felony the crime of knowingly being a participant in a straw purchase of a regulated firearm.
Untraceable Firearms
HB0638
SB0624
Delegate Lopez
Public Safety - Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would regulate the manufacture of untraceable and undetectable firearms by requiring a serial number and background check
Untraceable Firearms
HB1291
Delegate Amprey
Public Safety - Untraceable Firearms
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Untraceable Firearms
SB0624
HB0638
Senator Lee
Public Safety - Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would regulate the manufacture of untraceable and undetectable firearms by requiring a serial number and background check
Violent Firearms Offenders
SB0852
Senator Hough
Crimes - Penalties and Procedures (Violent Firearms Offender Act of 2021)
Passed Senate-No vote in House Committee
Rules and Executive Nominations
This emergency bill (1) creates a separate felony for theft of a firearm; (2) makes the offense of using a firearm in a crime of violence a felony and clarifies that it does not include mere possession of a firearm; (3) increases the maximum sentence for a second or subsequent violation for unlawful possession of a firearm from 5 to 10 years, but allows a person convicted under this provision to participate in drug treatment despite the length of the sentence; (4) expands the definition of a "crime of violence" by removing the exception for using a firearm in the commission of possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance; (5) creates a separate felony for a dealer or other person to sell, rent, loan, or transfer a regulated firearm to a purchaser, lessee, borrower or transferee if the dealer or other person has actual knowledge that the purchaser, lessee, borrower, or transferee intends to use the regulated firearm to commit a crime or cause harm to the purchaser, lessee, transferee, or recipient, or another person; (6) requires the Commissioner of Correction to provide to each inmate a reentry kit containing specified items and information prior to release from a State correctional facility; (7) expands the list of cases in which the State may appeal from specified evidentiary decisions; (8) prohibits a District Court commissioner from authorizing the pretrial release of individuals on pretrial release for a crime of violence; and (9) specifies that a violation of a condition of probation, parole, or mandatory supervision involving the use or possession of a firearm is not a technical violation.