Gun Violence and the 2022 Session

The Task Force for these issues is not currently active, but UULM-MD will be vigilant to identify any legislation impacting the community. 

Subject
Bill Number
XFile Bill Number
Sponsor
Title
Status
Current Location
Priority
Position
Action
Synopsis
Advice of Counsel Letter
HB1040
Delegate Rosenberg
Firearms - Advice of Counsel Letter
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Requiring the Office of the Attorney General to submit, by September 1, 2022, an advice of counsel letter to the Governor, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House on the effect of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen case on State firearm laws.
Appealing unlawful possession
SB0484
Senator Cassilly
Criminal Procedure - Right of Appeal - Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Failed: no vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
Oppose
Authorizing the State, in a criminal case involving the unlawful possession of firearms under certain circumstances, to appeal from a decision of a trial court that excludes evidence offered by the State or requires the return of certain property.
Armed School Resource Officers
SB0973
Senator Jennings
Public Schools - School Resource Officers - Firearms Required
Failed: not referred to standing committee
Rules
Oppose
Requiring a Baltimore City school police officer and a school resource officer to carry a firearm while present on the premises of the school to which the officer is assigned.
Arms Protection
HB0859
Delegate Cox
Maryland Arms Protection Act
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Oppose
Prohibiting the enforcement of certain federal laws relating to firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition; requiring the Attorney General to defend a resident of the State in certain federal prosecutions; and authorizing a resident of the State to file suit against a federal actor or State actor who enforces or aids or abets the enforcement of certain federal law and authorizing a court to award attorney's fees, court costs, and damages to a prevailing plaintiff.
Carry Permits
HB1174
SB0327
Delegate Kipke
Public Safety - Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun - Qualifications
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Oppose
Clarifying that personal protection or self-defense can qualify as a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for purposes of the issuance by the Secretary of State Police of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.
Carry Permits
SB0327
HB1174
Senator Ready
Public Safety – Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun – Qualifications
Failed: no vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
Oppose
Clarifying that personal protection or self-defense can qualify as a good and substantial reason to carry, wear, or transport a handgun for purposes of the issuance by the Secretary of State Police of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.
Firearm Dealer Storage Vaults
SB0773
Senator Carter
Income Tax - Credit for Firearm Safety Devices
Failed: not referred to standing committee
Rules and Executive Nominations
Authorizing a credit against the State income tax for the purchase of certain firearm safety devices during the taxable year; making the credit refundable; requiring proof of purchase to be provided to the Comptroller for a firearm safety device for which an individual is claiming a credit; and applying the Act to all taxable years beginning after December 31, 2021.
Firearm Industry Members
HB1396
SB0873
Delegate Atterbeary
Public Safety - Firearm Industry Members - Public Nuisance
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Prohibiting a certain firearm industry member from knowingly or recklessly engaging in conduct that is unlawful or unreasonable in the State that endangers the safety or health of the public; requiring a firearm industry member to establish and use certain reasonable controls and procedures to prevent a certain product from being possessed, used, marketed, or sold unlawfully in the State; establishing that a violation of the Act is a public nuisance; etc.
Firearm Industry Members
SB0873
HB1396
Senator Waldstreicher
Public Safety – Firearm Industry Members – Public Nuisance
Failed: no vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
Prohibiting a certain firearm industry member from knowingly or recklessly engaging in conduct that is unlawful or unreasonable in the State and that endangers the safety or health of the public; requiring a firearm industry member to establish and use certain reasonable controls and procedures to prevent a certain product from being possessed, used, marketed, or sold unlawfully in the State; establishing that a violation of the Act is a public nuisance; etc.
Firearms Dealer Security
HB1021
Speaker
Public Safety – Licensed Firearms Dealers – Security Requirements
Gubernatorial Veto Override (Legislative date: 4/8/2022) - Chapter 55
Prohibiting a certain licensed firearms dealer from storing a firearm on a certain premises where the licensed firearms dealer conducts business, unless the premises is equipped with certain security features; requiring a licensed firearms dealer to lock certain firearms in a certain location outside business hours; and requiring the Secretary of State Police to suspend or revoke a certain dealer's license if the dealer is found in violation of certain offenses.
Firearms orientation
SB0456
Senator Bailey
Firearms - Handgun Qualification License - Firearms Orientation Component
Failed: no vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
Providing that a firearms orientation component of a certain firearms safety training course required for a certain handgun qualification license may include the use of live or inert ammunition; and prohibiting a person from being required to fire rounds of live ammunition for a certain firearms orientation component.
Gun Theft Felony
HB1132
Delegate Beitzel
Gun Theft Felony Act of 2022
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Classifying the theft of a firearm as a felony; and establishing a penalty for theft of a firearm of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $1,000 for a first offense, and imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $2,500 for a second or subsequent offense.
Gun-free higher education zone
HB0780
Delegate Jalisi
Gun-Free Higher Education Zones
Failed: no vote in committee
Appropriations
Altering a certain exception relating to law enforcement officers to the prohibition on carrying certain weapons on public school property; prohibiting the carrying or possession of certain firearms on the property of public institutions of higher education; requiring a public institution of higher education to post certain signs at certain locations; etc.
Handgun Theft
SB0533
Senator Ready
Criminal Law - Theft of a Handgun
Failed: no vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
Establishing the felony of theft of a handgun; and establishing a penalty for theft of a handgun of, for a first conviction, 2 to 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000 or both and, for a second or subsequent conviction, imprisonment for 5 to 10 years and a fine of up to $2,500 or both.
Handgun permit repeal
HB1206
Delegate Grammer
Public Safety – Handgun Permit Requirement – Repeal (Maryland’s Constitutional Carry Act of 2022)
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Oppose
Repealing the requirement that a person have a certain permit before the person carries, wears, or transports a handgun; and repealing certain criminal prohibitions against a person who is at least 21 years old wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun.
High Risk Occupations
HB0676
Delegate Hartman
Handgun Permits - Qualifications - High-Risk Occupations
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a certain permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun to a person who meets certain requirements and is employed in a certain profession.
Permits-Preliminary Approval
HB0871
SB0338
Delegate Saab
Handgun Permit – Preliminary Approval
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Oppose
Authorizing a person to apply for preliminary approval of a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun without completing a certified firearms training course; and requiring the Secretary of State Police to investigate an application for preliminary approval of a handgun permit, issue preliminary approval if the applicant meets certain requirements, and revoke preliminary approval and deny a handgun permit if an applicant does not complete a firearms training course within 120 days after receipt of preliminary approval.
Permits-Preliminary Approval
SB0338
HB0871
Senator Hough
Handgun Permit - Preliminary Approval
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Oppose
Authorizing a person to apply for preliminary approval of a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun without completing a certified firearms training course; and requiring the Secretary of State Police to investigate an application for preliminary approval of a handgun permit, issue preliminary approval if the applicant meets certain requirements, and revoke preliminary approval and deny a handgun permit if an applicant does not complete a firearms training course within 120 days after receipt of preliminary approval.
Polling Sites
HB0030
SB0329
Delegate Henson
Election Law – Polling Sites – Firearms Prohibitions
Failed: no vote in committee
Ways and Means
Prohibiting a person from carrying or displaying a firearm on certain premises or carrying or possessing a firearm within 100 feet of a polling site during an election, subject to certain exceptions.
Polling Sites
SB0329
HB0030
Senator Waldstreicher
Election Law - Polling Sites - Firearms Prohibitions
Failed: no vote in committee
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Prohibiting a person from carrying or displaying a firearm on the premises of a privately or publicly owned building being used as a polling site during an election, including a parking lot, or carrying or possessing a firearm within 100 feet of a polling site during an election, subject to certain exceptions.
Right to Carry
HB0482
Delegate Grammer
Firearms – Right to Purchase, Own, Possess, and Carry – Medical Cannabis
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Oppose
Providing that a person may not be denied the right to purchase, own, possess, or carry a firearm solely on the basis that the person is authorized under certain provisions of law to use medical cannabis.
Safe Storage
HB0659
SB0676
Delegate Stein
Firearm Safety - Storage Requirements and Youth Suicide Prevention (Jaelynn's Law)
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Altering a certain provision relating to the storage of firearms and ammunition in a location that can be accessed by an unsupervised minor; and requiring the Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services to develop a youth suicide prevention and firearm safe storage guide, with recommendations from a stakeholder committee.
Safe Storage
SB0676
HB0659
Senator Smith
Firearm Safety – Storage Requirements and Youth Suicide Prevention (Jaelynn’s Law)
Failed: no vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Altering a certain provision relating to the storage of firearms and ammunition in a location that can be accessed by an unsupervised minor; and requiring the Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services to develop a youth suicide prevention and firearm safe storage guide, with recommendations from a stakeholder committee.
Straw purchase penalties
HB0211
Delegate Attar
Criminal Procedure - Warrantless Arrest - Straw Purchase Participant
Failed: no vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
Adding the crime of knowingly being a participant in a straw purchase of a regulated firearm to the list of crimes subject to warrantless arrest; and providing a penalty on conviction of imprisonment not to exceed 10 years or a fine of up to $25,000 or both.
Untraceable Firearms
HB0425
SB0387
Speaker
Public Safety - Untraceable Firearms
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 18
Governor
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Altering a certain definition of 'firearm' to include a certain unfinished frame or receiver; prohibiting a person from purchasing, receiving, selling, offering to sell, or transferring an unfinished frame or receiver; prohibiting a person from selling, offering to sell, or transferring a certain firearm; prohibiting a person from possessing a firearm on or after March 1, 2023, unless it is required by federal law to be, and has been, imprinted with a certain number in a certain manner; etc.
Untraceable Firearms
SB0387
HB0425
President
Public Safety - Untraceable Firearms
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 19
Governor
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Altering a certain definition of 'firearm' to include a certain unfinished frame or receiver; prohibiting a person from purchasing, receiving, selling, offering to sell, or transferring an unfinished frame or receiver; prohibiting a person from selling, offering to sell, or transferring a certain firearm; prohibiting a person from possessing a firearm on or after March 1, 2023, unless it is required by federal law to be, and has been, imprinted with a certain number in a certain manner; etc.
Use of cannabis
SB0286
Senator Hough
Firearms – Use of Medical Cannabis
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Providing that a person may not be denied the right to purchase, possess, or carry a firearm solely on the basis that the person is authorized to use medical cannabis.
Violent firearms offenders
HB0423
SB0396
Speaker
Crimes - Firearms - Penalties and Procedures (Violent Firearms Offender Act of 2022)
Failed: no vote in committee
Judiciary
Expanding the types of cases in which the State may appeal from a decision of a trial court under certain circumstances; establishing, altering, and clarifying penalties for and elements of certain firearm-related crimes; prohibiting a District Court commissioner from authorizing the pretrial release of a certain defendant charged with a certain firearm-related crime under certain circumstances; etc.
Violent firearms offenders
SB0396
HB0423
President
Crimes - Firearms - Penalties and Procedures (Violent Firearms Offender Act of 2022)
Failed: no vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
Expanding the types of cases in which the State may appeal from a decision of a trial court under certain circumstances; establishing, altering, and clarifying penalties for and elements of certain firearm-related crimes; prohibiting a District Court commissioner from authorizing the pretrial release of a certain defendant charged with a certain firearm-related crime under certain circumstances; etc.