South County Democrats Seek Support For New Gun Legislation
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence is a grassroots organization that is hosting a rally in Annapolis at 10:30 a.m. on March 1. The South County Democratic Club is hoping to help the group boost their numbers at the rally, which will meet on Lawyer’s Mall in front of the State House.
The purpose of the rally is to persuade lawmakers in the State House and State Senate to support legislation to reform Maryland gun laws. There are two measures. The first is known collectively as the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (Senate Bill (SB) 281 and House Bill (HB) 294). This part addresses assault weapons and magazine capacity. It also modifies current Maryland gun laws. A second bill (SB-266 and HB-375) would create and regulate a database of firearm owners and licenses.
These two cross-filed bills were introduced by Gov. Martin O’Malley in January, about a month after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Together, these bills will:
- Ban assault weapons
- Limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds per magazine
- Prohibit gun sales to those with mental illness and/or violent tendencies
- Tighten safety procedures and facilities at schools
- Require gun purchasers to be fingerprinted by state police in order to get a gun license (in addition to existing background checks and a seven-day waiting period)
In addition to the rally, the group is also asking supporters to contact their local legislators and urge passage of Gov. O’Malley’s proposals.
To read more about the bill, visit the General Assembly online. Here is information on SB-281/HB-294:
On March 1, the House of Delegates’ Judiciary and Health committees are set to hear testimony on the gun violence prevention legislation.