Maryland Democrats go after guns

by Anjali Shastry  |  published on February 11, 2016

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.”

  • Ken V

    Good luck taking the guns from the criminals and the blacks.

  • andrew

    Good Grief !! These whiny-ass gun-grabbers just don’t know when to quit, nor when they haven’t got a prayer of accomplishing their aenda

  • BHR

    The second amendment uses the word INFRINGED when referring to our rights. The second Amendment is very clear, it means the government will not make any law to stop us from owning guns.

    • pete G

      How about the new world order Obama uses so often when he can’t get what he’s after?

  • “NULLIFICATION IS THE ONLY RIGHTFUL REMEDY TO AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAW” (GEORGE WASHINGTON, JAMES MADISON, OR THOMAS JEFFERSON?) DO YOU EVEN KNOW? This is why we MUST educate our children because if a culture’s own rules of engagement, and freedoms are not taught, then they will be violated over and over before they no longer exist. This is so UNCONSTITUTIONAL as to be a certain NULLIFICATION..Meaning if a law or regulation is unconstitutional, then nullify it..it being unlawful, thus we will not agree to arrest anyone. We will not go along with this Federal mandated law because the state’s sovereignty rule here. It was THOMAS JEFFERSON the writer of our Constitution and James Madison is the Father of our Constitution for he convinced VA in his Virginia Resolutions to go along with the Constitution and all of it is in the Federalist papers. If you want to know if a thing is lawful or not, go not to the Constitution, but go, therefore, to the men who gave their affirmation for the thing…the founders themselves and through their papers and letters both to the press by letting the citizens know what was going on in DC and to each other which are extremely important in knowing the meaning of a freedom(s). The message of freedom has endured every tyrant or 2nd rate despot the world has ever known and by one simple reason, the people have kept it alive. P. Kathy Kleiman

  • Dean

    And of course criminals will follow the new laws. Just like they do the other laws.

    • empty pockets

      EXACTLY like they follow the old laws.

  • Walter Flatt

    HITLER TOOK ALL GUNS AND YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THERE. DO NOT LET IT HAPPEN HERE.

    • empty pockets

      ALL totalitarians disarm the people first. That and taking control of all media are two of the very first MUST DO’s.

  • Walter Flatt

    ACCORDING TO OUR CONSTITUTION, EVERY CITIZEN HAS THE RIGHT TO OWN AND BEAR GUNS, NO MAYOR, CHEIF OF POLICE, GOVERNER, ATTORNY GENERAL, PRESIDENT OR SUPREME COURT HAS THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THAT LAW. THE ONLY WAY IT CAN BE CHANGED IS FOR THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO PASS A BILL AND THAT BILL SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT AND CHANGE THAT LAW. IT IS TIME FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY TO RISE UP AND TELL ALL THESE IDIOTS THAT THEY ARE TREADING ON THIN ICE.

    • empty pockets

      No, the only way to change an AMENDMENT is with another CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT…not a law.

  • Richard Schwartz

    More paper for use as toilet paper. What does this legislation accomplish? What have similar legislation accomplished? The pig keeps flying and absolutely nothing is accomplished. I bet every legislator own gun stock !!!!!!!!

    • andrew

      The day Putin and the Russians give up their guns — all of them — I MIGHT consider giving mine up… but don’t hold your breath…. you may find severe cyanosis rather uncomfortable…

  • Luke

    I don’t understand, how can you make laws preventing Americans from owning guns when the constitution allows it with no restrictions?
    What part of “Shall not be infringed” does the idiot liberal not understand?

    • empty pockets

      The US Constitution was written to form a federal government complete with “borders”, restrictions about what it CAN NOT do as well as what it MUST do. States ratified it and accepted it as they entered the union but each state also his its own constitution. And this is why the SCOTUS needs strict Constitutionalists seated (such as Scalia). Progressives on the left have been building momentum just as with their other social engineering/social justice (socialist) agenda issues. If enough states can enact highly restrictive weapons bans and avoid being overturned by the SCOTUS then precedent is set. Enough precedents and the SCOTUS will hand us another “homosexual marriage” type ruling but on weapons…from a “living” constitution–which it is not. It is an “etched in stone” document but that stone on which it’s etched is being chipped and hacked away.

  • dirkshomebiz

    Ok. So these liberal garbage politicians will never stop and WE THE PEOPLE will never surrender.

    • Robert Barnes

      Learn more about your rights. Read YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG WHEN from amazon.com

  • Rose Boltz

    This will stifle the guns amongst the people but does nothing about the criminal. You give him an open playing to knock off as many as he can. The problem is not the general public, it’s the criminal. When will this dawn on you?

    • Luke

      Rose “The problem is not the general public, it’s the criminal. When will this dawn on you?”

      And the word criminal includes politicians who haven’t a clue about the constitution

      • pete G

        Democrats don’t give a sh—-t about facts. Obama has them all pumped up to take our guns away. If that would happen you will see a one party system in America i like to call a dictatorship and this is what Obama is really trying to do. Soon you will see an execative order by this bass-terd giving all these Muslims and Mexicans the right to vote and when that happens we will be living with our children in HELL like the Nazi party just moved in.

        • Ken V

          If that happens Obama will be a walking dead man.

          • carpkiller

            I agree but he will not be here. He will leave the country before the end of the year.

      • Ken V

        The niggers are protected and immune from the law.

    • pete G

      I read where someone said if any member of his family is hurt or killed by an illegal or these Muslims Obama is letting into the country that since the law would not prosecute these devils that he would make sure someone paid for their crimes. I think He meant either these Politicians or the person who comitted the crime would pay. I am afraid i feel the same way. Someone has to be responsible for this all out neglect of our borders. Telling the border patrol to stand down is a crime in itself.

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