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Maryland Senate Passes Gun Control Bill

The 28-19 vote helps Gov. Martin O'Malley's top legislative priority avoid a conference committee some believed would kill the legislation.

Maryland senators voted Thursday night to approve an amended gun control bill rather than send the legislation to conference committee.

Senators approved the bill by a vote of 28-19 just one day after the House debated the bill for 10 hours over two-days and added 17 amendments to a bill previously approved by the Senate.

The bill was a major component of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s legislative priorities for the 90-day legislative session.

“The fact is, the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 provides no safety,” said Sen. EJ Pipkin, Senate Minority Leader.

The concurrence means that the bill goes to Gov. Martin O’Malley for his signature rather than to a conference committee with just four days left in the session.

Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, asked legislators to oppose attempts to repeal the House amendments. He said sending the bill to conference committee “would kill the bill.”

The bill bans more than 40 types of guns including the AR-15. The legislation also prohibits persons who are involuntarily committed from owing a gun.

Also included in the bill is a controversial requirement for all future purchasers of regulated firearms to be fingerprinted and licensed. The changes in licensing represent the first time in two decades that any state has attempted to impose new licensing requirements.

Finally, the bill prohibits the possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

Supporters said the bill would prevent straw purchases of guns for those who could not otherwise legally purchase one.

Supporters of the bill successfully defeated attempts to remove three House amendments.

The first amendment disqualifies anyone sentenced to probation before judgment for a series of violent crimes including second-degree assault.

Opponents argued that the provision over-ruled judges who handed out the sentences because of extenuating circumstances.

The second amendment contested by gun control opponents provided a way for persons who were involuntarily committed to restore their gun rights and provided blanket civil and criminal liability to mental health professionals who certify patients as safe to own firearms.

The final contested House amendment, the so-called cop killer bullet amendment, would essentially ban the possession of all bullets in the state, according to Sen. J.B. Jennings, a Republican who represents Baltimore and Harford Counties.

Frosh said the bill only bans the possession armor-piercing bullets if they are used in the commission of a crime.

Renee April 09, 2013 at 04:42 AM
He killed her because he found out she was going to have him committed.
Renee April 09, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Oh, and Tim, don't forget about our justice system! In other countries when you kill someone, you are either a) killed or b) in jail for life without the possibility of parole. Here, you serve a couple of years (no one needs to go and find and post the link that says what Maryland's laws are because they do not obide by the laws) and be eligible for parole. Or the mix up that released a murderer by accident, I believe the term was a clerical error!
Chuck Burton April 11, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Gun control disarms victims and makes crime a safer occupation. Paraphrase of a remark by Thomas Sowell.
Steve April 11, 2013 at 04:24 PM
The NRA is pushing legislation in 6 states and has successfully pass a law in LA that would make it legal for convicted felons to possess firearms. How is that making anything safer? Thomas Sowell just reads from whatever script the NRA hands him.
Steve April 11, 2013 at 04:26 PM
They never announced they were leaving. More smoke and mirrors by the Gun Nutters. Read the actual words written in the opinion piece. How many times did you count the words "may"? How many times did you count the words "will"?
Chuck Burton April 11, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Steve, you "know" that the NRA is handing Thomas Sowell a script, huh? You've witnessed it happening, huh? Idealism in action is sometimes not so pretty.
Sanchez April 11, 2013 at 04:58 PM
LYING LIARS AND THE LIES THEY TELL.
Nadia Biznis April 11, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Dunno, BtbFree... but a better question is: Will requiring fingerprinting, training (that MD will have to be forced by the courts to offer, like they had to be with the firearm permission card), and high fees just to exercise a Second Amendment right pass Constitutional muster? Remember, the people that pushed those requirements through think that requiring ID to vote (even when offered free) is a horrible, horrible racistsexisthomophobicnazineanderthal thing to do.
Nadia Biznis April 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Careful, Tim... don't line up with the "250 year old document" and "the founding fathers couldn't have imagined it" argument. Those can be applied to many other things in the Bill of Rights. Does "freedom of Speech" suddenly not apply on AlGore's Amazing Internet because it wasn't imagined and written about 250 years ago? See where that argument leads?
Nadia Biznis April 11, 2013 at 05:19 PM
George Wallace was a Democrat, and O'Malley is a Democrat. Both violated SC decisions. Comparison is fair.
Chuck Burton April 11, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Next, the do-gooders will press for mental health screening before one is allowed to own or drive a motor vehicle. After all, it can be a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands. Witness the recent killing event in front of Baltimore City Hall.
Nadia Biznis April 11, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Ok, so you follow a quote incorrectly attributed to a very real George Washington with a fictional quote by a cartoon character and that's supposed to be what, relevant somehow?
Nadia Biznis April 11, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Right Justin, times have changed so the Bill of Rights no longer should apply. Remember that if you ever get arrested and start screaming about your civil rights... Because that is what your position ultimately entails.
CP April 11, 2013 at 05:34 PM
That's how they work. Eventually you start believing it after it's drilled into your head.
Nadia Biznis April 11, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Oh, me too...cause criminals will obey this new law, unlike all the other ones they currently ignore! And there'll be peace, and unicorns, and fairy dust. Yay, unicorns!
Nadia Biznis April 11, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Steve, got a reliable source for that? Or can anyone play the make stuff up game? "The NEA is pushing legislation in 57 or 58 states and has successfully passed a law in Ormellegontitonia that would make it legal for converted unicorns to possess nuclear weapons." Steve just reads from whatever script the NEA hands him.
Nadia Biznis April 11, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Chuck Burton, car reference aside... the mental health screening to own guns is far more dangerous than anyone thinks. It may well be that the APA is already working on wording to put in the DSMV next edition calling gun ownership (or even the desire to own guns) as a "dangerous mental illness." Get that in place, and it's really easy all of a sudden to de facto revoke the Second Amendment with out having to go through that stinky old amendment process on a document the Left thinks is out of date and out of touch.
Sanchez April 11, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Steve is a pathological liar and makes up his own "facts" and he makes up his entire life.
Sanchez April 11, 2013 at 06:01 PM
BINGO! Everyone will ultimately be "disqualified". It has already started. "1 in 5 Americans Suffers From Mental Illness" http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/01/19/1-in-5-americans-suffer-from-mental-illness/ "Mental Disorders in America Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.1 When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.2 Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller proportion — about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 — who suffer from a serious mental illness.1 " http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml
Sanchez April 11, 2013 at 06:05 PM
"New York State Police Confiscate Guns..From the Wrong Guy" http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/04/11/new-york-state-police-confiscate-gunsfrom-the-wrong-guy-n1564985 "Prescribed antianxiety drugs: gun confiscation comes next" http://www.examiner.com/article/prescribed-antianxiety-drugs-gun-confiscation-comes-next "New York State Police Admit Wrongly Confiscating Guns Under New Laws" "A Form of Gun Confiscation Has Reportedly Begun in New York State" http://www.sodahead.com/living/a-form-of-gun-confiscation-has-reportedly-begun-in-new-york-state/question-3629939/?link=ibaf&q=wgrz%20news%20new%20your%20confiscation%20guns
Freddy April 11, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Which brought me to a question I put out on another board. Will the government violate the HIPPA laws? Does the taking any type of SSRI medication mean you can't own a firearm? Does one lose the right to own a gun if he/she been committed in the past for whatever reason?
Steve April 11, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Where did the investigation go JoeBlob. More irrelevant CopyPasta I see....
Chuck Burton April 11, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Mental health can easily be applied to deny people all their "rights" in any field of endeavor. As Sanchez said, about one fourth of us do something each year that can be defined as a sign of mental illness. At least one fourth. Not the do-gooders, of course. Or are they a little "mental" about their various causes.
Chuck Burton April 11, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Barack Obama and Martin O'Malley, for example.
Sanchez April 11, 2013 at 06:51 PM
A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters "Some of the 2,000 guns that made their way into Mexico as a result of "Operation Fast and Furious" were later recovered at crime scenes, including two found at the scene of the killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010. The OIG investigation "revealed a series of misguided strategies, tactics, errors in judgment and management failures that permeated ATF Headquarters and the Phoenix Field Division, as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona and at the Headquarters of the Department of Justice." The report also details serious mistakes in DOJ's response to congressional inquiries about "Fast and Furious." The Inspector General's review has recommended 14 Justice Department and ATF officials for disciplinary and administrative review, including the head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. " http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/2012/s1209.pdf Steve is a pathological liar and makes up his entire life.
Sanchez April 11, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Time for POLITICIANS to be subject to the same background checks including mental health checks. those MAKING laws should be held to a higher standard than those simply exercising their civil rights.
1ke April 11, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Where have you been getting your caps locked, your anger managed or just plain drying out? Still expecting life to make sense, I see. So sad!
Deborah A Cox April 14, 2013 at 07:32 PM
In the end the only ones that will have guns are bad guys cause they already break the law. The good people of this state will not be able to protect themselves police cannot live in our home and go every where with us. So I remain scared to death.
JW June 08, 2013 at 01:24 PM
"The Gun Nutters even had to bus people in from out of state and they didn't even come close to the numbers they claimed." Yeah, like they bused in people dressed in Sherriff's uniforms that spoke AGAINST the bill. Look, all you liberal fools think the police are there to save you when harm comes your way. If you think that you are, a FOOL. So, now you and your Wife just finished dinner and a movie, your going to your car, it's dark, your in a parking garage and a person confronts you with a knife, he wants not only your wallet but your wife and your SUV. Now you have two choices, 1. A phone to call the police 2. Or a trained, certified good guy with a gun? Which would you chose? Let's face it, all this dog and pony show was about for Mr. O'Malley adding a check to his list for being a Presidential candidate, which will never see the light of day. His luck, he is fortunate to being so close to where the money is (DC) which gives him a huge bonus and buffer to carry on his way wacko agendas. Is there anyone with the slightest drop of common sense anymore?
Chuck Burton June 08, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Remember, people, police are usually pretty good at solving a crime AFTER it's happened. It's only sheer luck if they are there to PREVENT a crime from occurring. That is up to you.

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