Maryland Democrats on Wednesday introduced a package of three gun-control measures as part of their legislative priorities, aiming to build on the state’s sweeping 2013 weapons ban that recently was challenged by a federal court.
One measure would ban guns on all college campuses in the state. Another would bar state police from issuing gun permits to anyone on the federal no-fly list.
The third measure would mandate courts to inform persons convicted of domestic violence to surrender their guns to a federally licensed firearms dealer or to local police within 48 hours of being convicted. It also would establish a mandatory five-year prison sentence for anyone found with a gun after being convicted of domestic violence.
Democrats hailed the measures as life-saving and as building on the 2013 Firearms Safety Act, which banned certain military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, among other things. That provision of the law was deemed potentially unconstitutional by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, and send back to a district court in Baltimore for reconsideration.
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said he is not concerned about the challenge to the Firearms Safety Act, adding that the bills introduced Wednesday will “withstand legal challenges.”