Left wing Democrat Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law one of the United States’ toughest gun control laws on Thursday.
The legislation requires all handgun buyers to undergo safety training and submit fingerprints to obtain a license to purchase a pistol or revolver. Concealed carry licenses are not issued in Maryland unless you are politically connected with Progressive politicians who control the liberal fascist state.
It new law bans the sale of 45 types of firearms, including pistols, rifles and shotguns.
The new law also reduces magazine capacity from 20 rounds to 10 rounds.
Maryland joins Connecticut and New York in expanding assault weapons bans and restricting the capacity of magazines in 2013.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has announced plans to challenge the new state gun control laws in court.
Republican State Assembly Delegate Neil Parrott said last month that leading opponents of the Maryland bill planned to back an NRA lawsuit, rather than petition for a referendum.
A Maryland woman, Sue Payne, has also launched a campaign to petition the bill to a referendum, filing paperwork with the board of elections last month.
Other features of the bill include mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms. Failure to timely report lost or stolen firearms will result in your arrest and prosecution in Maryland.
The law also strengthens the state’s ability to regulate harass gun dealers.
I lived in Maryland from 1976-77 and attended the University of Maryland while working for the Uniformed Secret Service. I lived in Prince George County, which is now one of the most dangerous urban areas in the country. If you have seen The Wire, then you know Baltimore.
I feel for the law abiding gun owners in Eastern and Western Maryland. You are in the same situation as upstate New Yorkers and many Californians who live far from the coast. But this is what happens when Democrats control all branches of government. The courts is your only hope and we all know the lawsuits will take years to be resolved.
Of course the new law will do nothing to keep criminals from using guns and high capacity magazines to faciltate their crime. The new law is intended to turn law abiding citizens into criminals. The new law will make it more difficult and expensive for law abiding citizens to protect themselves against the many violent criminals and gang bangers who populate Maryland. See Chicago for the effects of strict gun control laws on criminal behavor.
Armed citizens kill more crooks than the police. Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606). Newsweek a member of the progressive propaganda machine, reported that “only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The ‘error rate’ for the police, however, is 11 percent, more than five times as high.”
“A free people ought…to be armed”
― George Washington