Liberal March Madness at the Maryland General Assembly
March 15th is a big day for the Second Amendment in Annapolis at the General Assembly. There are multiple hearings scheduled even though liberal leaning Maryland already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. The laws are so strict that the Federal Court, in February of this year, begun to doubt of the legality of banning 45 types of arms. ” Chief Judge William B. Traxler Jr., writing for the majority, found that the Maryland law “significantly burdens the exercise of the right to arm oneself at home” and should have been analyzed using a more stringent legal standard.”
Given the new push for new gun controls, one wonders if indeed it is too easy to obtain and own a firearm in state of Maryland. The short answer is no. It is very hard and in some cases almost impossible to own a firearm in Maryland. There is also discrimination against the low income people when it comes to asserting their Second Amendment rights.
In short, here is a brief description of the Maryland’s current process just to purchase a handgun. A person that wishes to purchase a gun in Maryland needs to have a clear criminal record and take at least a four-hour class with theory and practice. The applicant needs to go through extensive criminal background check and needs to undergo digital fingerprinting that will be run again through the database by the Police Department. An applicant also must submit answers to questions to the police department and the instructor verifies that the applicant completed the class with live fire practice. Only then, after spending at least $200 and having no criminal record in any state, then department runs an extensive background check with fingerprints images and it takes about six weeks to issue a “Handgun Qualifying License”. Once the license comes in the mail, then the applicant can purchase a gun through a licensed firearm dealer. It is almost impossible to get a conceal carry for carrying a gun in Maryland, unless if an applicant is a pharmacist or a person that deals with large amount of cash.
That is not enough for liberal Maryland Lawmakers Delegate Carter (D) and Senators Muse, Benson, Conway, Nathan-Pulliam, and Waugh that want to take a step further with Bills HB 0879 and SB 0742. They want to ban kids toys that resemble guns in the State of Maryland. Delegate Aruna Miller (D-Montgomery) with Kathleen Dumais (D-Montgomery) and Mary Washington (D – Baltimore) apparently have a grudge against history lovers. They want to redefine the term antique arms with Bill HB 0703. This will punish collectors despite the fact that there is already a whole set of federal regulations on antique arms.
Maryland lawmakers also want to ban people from exercising their second amendment rights that are on the “terrorist watch list” with HB1000 and SB1040S. That sounds like a wonderful idea. Except that in the San Bernardino terrorist’s attack terrorists illegally obtained weapons. The Boston Marathon attack was conducted with a homemade bomb. The September 11 attack was perpetrated by box cutters that turned airplanes used as weapons. Terrorists do not obtain guns through legal means; only law obedient citizens play by the rules.
Moreover, the FBI already runs a background check on firearm applicants against the terrorist watch list. The Federal government terrorist watch list is huge and contains major errors. Currently, according to the National Counterterrorism Center, only 25,000 of the 1.1 million people on the watch list are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. The list has multiple errors on it and even contained high profile people including Senator Ted Kennedy and The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen F. Hayes–being erroneously placed on the terror watch list. There is no process for Americans wrongly placed on the list to get their names removed. The list is also subject to political manipulation. Interestingly, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in April of 2009 published an official memo the document literally brands Republicans “Rightwing” American Citizens as terrorists.
In the meantime, the U.S. Government spends millions of dollars to fund true terrorist groups such as al-Nusra (Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and Syrian Free Army (so called “moderate rebels”). Obama administration also knowingly sold weapons under Operation Fast and Furious to Mexican drug lords. At first Obama administration wanted to track the weapons but agents from the ATF lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns involved in the sting operation. One of the weapons killed a boarder patrol agent, Brian Terry, some of the weapons were found at the famous Drug lord Guzman (El-Chapo)’s place.
In many cases, the US government has no idea who comes to the country, who stays and who leaves. There is no check on weapons and terrorists pouring through the border but yet anti-Constitutional liberal lawmakers think that law obedient American Citizens are the problem.