Maryland ‘Assault Weapon’ Registration Bill Would Charge Gun Owners Up to $1000 Per Firearm

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

When you think of heavily gun controlled states, names like New York, California and New Jersey immediately come to mind. But don’t sleep on Maryland. The Eat Crab or Die State has long been at the forefront of Second Amendment rights abrogation and a new bill entered in the state’s House would move the Old Line State way up on the #gunsense hit parade.

HB 1261, authored by House Speaker Adrienne Jones along with Reps. Vanessa Atterbeary and Eric Luedke, was introduced Friday and would ban a range of firearms after October 1. It would also require those already owning assaulty-looking guns to register them.

But what makes the bill fairly unique is the escalating cost of registering “assault guns or copycat weapons” that kicks in after the bill’s deadline.

Registering with the Department of State Police before January 1, 2021 costs Marylanders nothing. But then complying with the law would require emptying your wallet.

Here’s the bill’s escalating penalty fee schedule:

1. ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 2021, AND BEFORE MAY 1, 2021, A REGISTRATION FEE NOT EXCEEDING $290 PER FIREARM;

2. ON OR AFTER MAY 1, 2021, AND BEFORE NOVEMBER 1, 2022, A REGISTRATION FEE NOT EXCEEDING $580 PER FIREARM; AND

3. ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 1, 2022, AND BEFORE MAY 1, 2023, A REGISTRATION FEE NOT EXCEEDING $1,000 PER FIREARM.

What happens if you fail to register your gun at all before May 1, 2023? Prosecution, of course!

A PERSON WHO LAWFULLY POSSESSED AN ASSAULT LONG GUN OR A COPYCAT WEAPON BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2020, AND WHO REGISTERS THE ASSAULT LONG GUN OR COPYCAT WEAPON ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 2021, AND BEFORE MAY 1, 2023, ONLY AFTER BEING DISCOVERED IN POSSESSION OF THE ASSAULT LONG GUN OR COPYCAT WEAPON BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE PENALTIES IN § 4–306 OF THIS SUBTITLE.

A PERSON DESCRIBED IN SUBPARAGRAPH 1 OF THIS SUBPARAGRAPH IS GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR AND ON CONVICTION IS SUBJECT TO IMPRISONMENT NOT EXCEEDING 1 YEAR FOR EACH INCIDENT IN WHICH THE PERSON IS DISCOVERED WITH UNREGISTERED FIREARMS.

“Assault long guns” has already been defined in Maryland law here. HB 1261 lists a range of “assault pistols” that would be banned, guns like the TEC-9, the Czech Skorpion, Uzis and the like.

Oh, and “copycat weapons” under the bill means any gun that has one of those really disturbing features like thumbhole stocks, forward grips, barrel shrouds, yadda, yadda, and:

THE ABILITY TO DISCHARGE THROUGH FIRING ACTION ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ROUNDS:

A. .450 BUSHMASTER;

B. 5.56 MILLIMETER (INCLUDING THE 5.56X45 11 MILLIMETER NATO AND .223 REMINGTON);

C. 7.62 MILLIMETER (INCLUDING THE 7.62X39 13 MILLIMETER, .308 WINCHESTER, 7.62 NATO, 7.62X51 MILLIMETER NATO, .30 14 CARBINE, 7.62X33 MILLIMETER, OR 300 AAC BLACKOUT);

D. .50 BMG;

E. 5.7X28 MILLIMETER OR

F. ANY OTHER ROUND DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE TO BE CAPABLE OF PENETRATING THE STANDARD BODY ARMOR WORN BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHEN FIRED BY THE PISTOL;

No ambiguity there, huh?

There’s much more that’s equally egregious, but you get the idea. Again, you can read the bill here.

Will Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan sign such a bill if it gets to his desk? Don’t bet against it.

 

[This post has been updated to correct the name of the Maryland House speaker.]

comments

  1. avatar Phil Wilson says:

    Yeah, I’m sure owners of such weapons would be lined up and eager to fork over their money in exchange for…less privacy at best? This law seems designed to foster non-compliance.

    1. avatar Bob kelleher says:

      They don’t care about compliance………..they’re investing in future felons!!

      1. avatar Capt. TOM says:

        It’s racist, it will be unaffordable for the poor. Only the wealthy will be able to afford registration
        Unconstitutional on that alone , like a poll tax to keep poor blacks from voting . I bet even the American civil liberties union and the naacp would jump on this if a few poor and minority Gun Owners complain enough.

        1. avatar Jim says:

          Registration is free if you do it before January 1, 2021.

        2. avatar David B. says:

          Any firearm we’ve already purchased has already been registered, Jim. Feel free to stand in that line to register again if you wish!

        3. avatar Gunrunner says:

          Anyone moving to MD. will be charge for reg.

        4. avatar The Crimson Pirate says:

          How has that gone with the NFA?

        5. avatar Capt Ron says:

          Capt Tom,
          Poverty doesnt care about the color of your skin. Im a white middle aged man in Wisconsin that grew up on the Eastern shore of MD eating food provided by welfare and government commodities.
          In this country , believe it or not, not everything is about the color of someones skin…unless you make it be…then that would make you the racist in my opinion🙄

    2. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      They all are it’s more of a question of how many people will report those that own anyway. NY/NJ/CT honestly suprised me with not only how many never registered but how few report their neighbors. But longer term Bob has the right of it in making more criminals that they can manipulate.

    3. avatar Charlemagne says:

      Registration rates have already been low in states without exorbitant fees. This will depress those rates even further!

      1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

        Going to have to see if they include fines in addition to the jail time per firearm.

    4. avatar Garrison Hall says:

      All of these kinds of measures are complete violations of the 2nd Amendment which insures the existence of an armed citizenry that is capable of resisting governmental tyranny. That’s a pretty significant stumbling block. At some point, sooner rather than later, we’ll have to have a supreme court decision about this. The court will either declare gun-control laws to be unconstitutional—which should happen if the 2nd is truly honored—or it will effectively invalidate the 2nd and, in so doing, invalidate the entire Bill Of Rights. Simply put, insuring that you have a citizenry that has free access to weapons like the AR and AK platform guns is essential to the preservation of liberty and freedom. Or at least it is essential to an originalist reading of the 2nd Amendment. How can you have an armed citizenry if the state can use its power to make obtaining weaponry virtually impossible? The simple answer is: you can’t.

      1. avatar Kathleen Redman says:

        Our forefathers made their own guns and bullets. Guess if they eliminate our way of purchasing guns and especially ammo we’ll have to eventually go back to doing that. Only way to keep the tyrranical government at bay. Registration isn’t constitutional, and certainly high taxes on doing so is not constitutional either. Arresting those who have guns is illegal too. Gonna let them take over Maryland residents? I sure hope not!
        Don’t give em an inch- they’ll make more and more laws till they take everything you have!

    5. avatar Southern Cross says:

      And I thought NSW’s $30 permit to acquire (and transfer tax) was ridiculous. And the assault weapon calibers rules out anything higher than a rimfire cartridge.

      Time to get the Fudds to realize their sacrosanct 270 is now an assault weapon because it can penetrate police body armor.

      1. avatar Rusty - Always Carry - Chains says:

        As will a .30-30 or anything else that they hunt with. But the Democrats would never do that, would they? I just laughed at the last Fudd that said that to me.

    6. avatar William M says:

      What further antics will the liberals do to take away ‘the right to keep and bear arms’, the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, something these anti American idiots been trying to eliminate and who supposedly and clearly aren’t working for the American people. They’ve been trying under the guise of eliminating gun violence. Give the thinking and rational people in America a break, criminals who are responsible for ‘gun violence’ will always find ways of getting guns but you anti American idiotic buffoons want to take gun ownership away from law abiding Americans,? Well not on my watch and the watches of millions of Americans for that matter. And this BULLS**T of requiring a $1000.00 registration fee for law abiding citizens to purchase a gun, are you buffoons kidding? You nitwits just keep going deeper off the deep end, thank God. The American people are seeing the real liberals and will bid you bastards adios come November 2020. All you idiots better update your resumes, you’ll be out of jobs soon MAGA!

    7. avatar russell D. remmert says:

      not going back to Maryland what would they chare to eat in the bay area for visitors if the rip off citizens

    8. avatar trebor says:

      The reason for registration is what? For the money or for confiscation. The number of murders in Baltimore by these weapons is astronomical and has to end. Is ownership of these weapons a threat to the populace or to the government? Do the Democrats really want to disarm their people as it seems they are ready to withdraw from the Union as they did before. They’re going to need an armed populace to do it, just as before or the Union is going to kick the shit out of them, just as before.

    9. avatar TOM HUSBAND says:

      THESE POLITICIANS WILL THINK OF ANY WAY TO INCREASE FUNDS, SO THEY CAN
      USE THE MONEY IN WAY THEY WANT TO SPEND IT ON OR USE FOR PERSONAL USE.
      JUST A GOOD EXAMPLE IS FUEL TAX??? TAKE A LOOK AT THE ROADS IN YOUR STATE AND BRIDGES, ECT WHAT DID THEY USE THE MONEY FOR.. ?????????
      I WOULD THINK THERE SHOULD BE A RALLY OF RESIDENTS IN MD TO HAVE EACH STATE ACCOUNT FOR THE MONEY THEY TAKE IN AND WHAT THEY SPEND IT ON.. WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO USE THE TAX MONEY RECEIVED FOR GUN CONTROL INSTEAD OF A WAY TO LINE THEIR POCKETS..
      THX

      1. avatar Fred says:

        They used the fuel tax for mass transits studies, and a bicycle, pedestrian lane on the Harry Nice bridge. Also for charging stations for electric vehicles.

        1. avatar Dan Ward says:

          They allowed casino’s with the idea of funding schools
          How much have the schools seen?

  2. avatar Truckman says:

    I see a law that if passed that is headed to the supreme court

    1. avatar Ed Schrade says:

      Justice John Roberts will like it because it’s a ” tax “, remember what he said about the un-affordable health care act ? These socialists violated their oaths and should be removed and jailed.

      1. avatar Kroglikepie says:

        Nope, hang ’em. We’ve paid for their existence long enough.

      2. avatar Bunda says:

        You spelled hanged wrong

    2. avatar GS650G says:

      The doic says we have the right to bear arms. Didn’t say they can’t tax the shit out of it. Poll taxes are a good example of a right being taxed but if you can own A GUN tax free then the argument could be made you still have that right.

      The voting public is supposed to rein this in but it won’t happen. This hits the OFWG gun owners financially and that plays well with this crowd. In the end the registration scheme is a precursor to confiscation of course and the registration fees will pay for the overtime.

    3. avatar CHARLES says:

      If it passes and then heads to the SCOTUS,I’ll be there to,I did and all nighter when O’Malley did his so called assault weapons ban.The whimp walked in surrounded by security.After testifying at around 3/4 o’clock in the morning I walked all the way back to the NAVY MARINE CORP STADIUM by myself and I didn’t have security surrounding me.

  3. avatar jack smalls says:

    taxation without representation and shall not be infringed.

    1. avatar StLPro2A says:

      First American Revolution over taxation without representation.
      Second American Revolution over taxation by representation….and gun control.

      1. avatar Bre says:

        No it would still be without representation, more or less (I seriously hopeit never comes to that) . The reason is it is dominantly cities doing the people control and everywhere else that denies it. Unfortunately the cities have just over half the (brainwashed slaves’) votes and, due to close proximity of voters as well as money, the organization to control the representation. Thus true sons and daughters of liberty are ill-represented. Ironic the similarities…

  4. avatar Tec's Dad says:

    Thank you for giving the gun owning public time to move out of your state to a gun-friendly state; why is it that NY, NJ, CT, MA, IL all have an exodus…Taxes and stupid gun laws….the fix. Do Not Elect Democrats

    1. avatar Tyrannosaurus Sex says:

      Stupid is as stupid does. I live in a very liberal state. I’ve known many people who have since moved to Arizona, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, et al — most to escape some aspect of said liberal state, mostly to escape the cost of living and taxes. I don’t know that any of them have changed their voting habits in their new states.

      I have friends who vote democrat (granted the republicans aren’t much better on the 2A) who sputter in disbelieve at the tortuous nature of US gun laws when I explain it to them. They agree that much of it is absurd. They agree that shooting is fun and safe when done properly (the ones that I bring to the range) and generally agree that the legal restrictions we operate under should be relaxed to at least some degree. Then they go and vote democrat, because they want their student loan forgiven, because their mother drummed into their head that abortion is sacrosanct and every time you forget to vote (D) a woman dies in a back alley, because they have some vague sense that they like Bernie Sanders.

    2. avatar Wzrd says:

      I live in MD. At one time I considered moving if the state tried to enact any more gun control laws. (They implemented new laws in October 2013 which banned a lot of firearms. However since the authors of these bills don’t have a clue what they’re talking about, the effects have been mostly avoidable.) The most logical state for me to move to was Virginia. I think we all know how that has recently turned. So I no longer believe that moving is the best option. I will stay & fight, both figuratively & literally.

  5. avatar million says:

    and compliance will be ZERO

  6. avatar Mad Max says:

    Sounds like a poll tax.

    Me thinks punitive taxes or fees to exercise constitutional rights are unconstitutional.

  7. avatar RedFlagRising says:

    The residents will just move from there down to a more Southern state, to get away from tyranny.

    Once settled they will then resume voting Democrat, to get away from tyranny.

  8. avatar Texican says:

    It’s almost as if the commiecrats know that the power to tax is the power to destroy! And , boy, do they like to destroy!

  9. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

    Since I’m a reasonable person, I’m willing to entertain a compromise –

    I’ll pay the $1,000, as long as that includes a re-opening of the NFA full-auto registry.

    (I wonder if someone has reverse-engineered the Steyer AUG select-fire trigger group yet… 😉 )

    1. avatar Dr. J. D. says:

      Yeah, FN did with the P90.

    2. avatar James Campbell says:

      There was a FA Steyr AUG trigger assembly on GB last Dec when I picked up an AUG.
      Personally, I would not go near one until all the “hurdles” are cleared.

  10. avatar former water walker says:

    Where’s all the compliance in New York?!? Charging heavily armed law abiding folks is not terribly [email protected] WILL NOT COMPLY.

    1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      Realistically the compliance is a generation or two away as they try to replace Americans with “New Yorkers”. It will be interesting to see how well they can keep anyone not tied to the state in the state with their current intended path.

  11. avatar Dude says:

    “ANY OTHER ROUND DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE TO BE CAPABLE OF PENETRATING THE STANDARD BODY ARMOR WORN BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHEN FIRED BY THE PISTOL”

    That could be 9mm. So having a scary looking unregistered 9mm would make you a criminal.

    1. avatar Stuck in NJ says:

      9mm won’t penetrate LE body armor. 10mm, maybe. More likely, some of the Magnum revolver rounds will, such as .500 S&W Magnum, .460 S&W Magnum, .454 Casull, .44 Magnum, .357 Magnum, .41 Magnum, or .327 Magnum.
      Does Maryland’s”assaulty-looking handgun” ban on also apply to revolvers, or only scary-looking “fully-semiautomatic” pistols?

      The Desert Eagle can fire .44 Magnum, .357 Magnum, .50 AE, and some other powerful rounds that aren’t on their list.

      1. avatar Dude says:

        Here’s a video showing a 9mm penetrating level IIIA body armor using a 4.5″ barrel. What level armor do cops usually wear?

        1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

          And that’s not even touching the liberty defense options but I think yours would be more effective overall. So yeah environmentally friendly bullet ban when?

        2. avatar Anonymous 9mm says:

          Shhhhh. Don’t get these banned too.

  12. avatar NORDNEG says:

    Just tell authorities (if they ask) that you belong to a gang, then it’s O K to have a black gun, right?

  13. avatar Jay in Florida says:

    This crap has got to go to the Supreme Court. Those chicken ss have to tskehit judge a case and make a positive desicion on the most commonly used rifle in the country. And put an end to this gun control BS once and for all. Its a right after all. Not a privilege as the dimwits seem to treat it.

    1. avatar Mad Max says:

      It may not have to. We’ll have to wait for the next SCOTUS ruling to see…

  14. avatar TechGuy says:

    This law looks like it was written by a 2nd grader! In some states, a 3rd grader would already know the difference between a .223 and a .308. My bolt deer rifle is a .308… with a scope …and a synthetic stock (an assault rifle? banned?). If I bought a $250 wood stock, would it magically become a harmless deer rifle? It makes a little hole going in and a big hole coming out the other side…of a deer. I’ve never considered shooting a human but, I can’t imagine it would do them any good.
    They’re too stupid to run drafts of a proposed law past someone who knows what the hell they’re talking about? I’ve been developing medical software for nearly 40 years… from a systems perspective, this looks like it was designed by a temp …who didn’t finish 8th grade.
    The average IQ is 100. While this is not considered exceptionally bright, it seems like the entire bottom half of the bell curve is hopelessly attracted to the Democratic party.
    Pro2A!

    1. avatar Thomas Forrest says:

      I just read the legislative proposal, and the chambering restrictions apply only to semiautomatic pistols.

      1. avatar Hannibal and the Elephants says:

        In that case I’ll have me one of these .50BMG pistols. Shucks, give me two!

        1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “In that case I’ll have me one of these .50BMG pistols.”

          “This Brave Man Fires a .50 BMG Pistol and Still Has Wrists Afterwards”

          https://www.wideopenspaces.com/brave-man-fires-50-bmg-pistol-still-wrists/

      2. avatar TechGuy says:

        You’re kidding! A .308 pistol? That would be fun!

        1. avatar Ralphie says:

          .308 Winchester pistol? Been around for decades. Started out as re-barreled Remmingtom 221 Fireball action with a different stock. VERY popular in Handgun Metallic Silhouette.
          Try knocking down a 52lb. steel ram at 200 meters with less. Ringing the steel doesn’t count!
          Back when one could buy a Sako unbarreled action from Shotgun News, it was fun!

        2. avatar Mad Max says:

          Can you put a pistol brace on an AR-10?

        3. avatar Jim Bob says:

          Why not?

  15. avatar Dennis says:

    All right, enough discussion! All together now 🖕!!!

    1. avatar TechGuy says:

      We’re gonna have to VOTE!!!!!
      All together now! There are somewhere in the vicinity of 100 million of us! I’m NRA (reluctantly), GOA and ISRA and, donate to all!

      1. avatar GS650G says:

        Good luck outnumbering the opposition. Seriously, they have lots of votes on their side and they control the counting anyway.

        1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

          Clearing the dead of the voter rolls (and social security) would help a bit.

        2. avatar Jim Bob says:

          Judicial Watch is doing just that – along with a lot of other behind-the-scenes legal work. They deserve all of our support.

        3. avatar J G says:

          If the opposition can’t cheat, then we would win handily. Too many missing or lost votes, too many counties with more registered voters than adults of age to vote.

  16. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Like most civilian disarmament laws, this law will be unenforceable because it requires that a person incriminate themselves which the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution expressly forbids.

    While a state could claim that possession of a certain type of firearm is illegal (which is totally unconstitutional but that is a discussion for a different time), a state cannot claim that failing to incriminate yourself (reporting that you own a “controlled” firearm after it is no longer legal to report that you own said firearm) is illegal.

    Standard disclaimer: I am not an attorney and the above is my opinion, NOT legal advice.

  17. avatar Ralphie says:

    Since we had to obtain the infamous “Not Disapproved” stamp from MSP when the firearm was purchased n years ago, I’m guessing they’re already registered.

    A bare AR 15 lower (not an AR10) required that wonderful “not disapproved” stamp from MSP. Since an AR lower can be mated to a number of different uppers of differing calibers, does an “unassembled lower” have to be registered? As what, exactly? An assault lower?

    Oh, and 80%? I guess only if you’re caught with one?

    Like “Virginia is for Lovers”, Maryland in the late 70s-early 80s also was pushing a state slogan. “Maryland. Oh, what a State I’m In!”

    Only option is vote with your feet. Too many dead folks in Md.

  18. avatar The Rookie says:

    assault guns or copycat weapons”

    Does this mean I’ll have to register my StuG III?

    1. avatar Bre says:

      That tickled me. I hereby award you the interwebz.

  19. avatar possum tracks says:

    Able to penetrate standard body armor knocks just about every hunting cartridge out

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      And copper sabot slugs too. They pack a whallop

    2. avatar Carl Armstrong Jr. says:

      Actually, I know a caliber that probably won’t penetrate and you can use it to hunt…

      It’s called a 4-bore stopping rifle with wadcutters.

      Large, slow, black-powder load….

  20. avatar tdiinva says:

    It doesn’t matter what Hogan does. The Democrats have veto proof majority in both houses

  21. avatar David B says:

    Hmmmm…if they know where to issue the fine doesn’t that also mean they know where the gun is registered?? I get that secondary sales happen, but this should not apply to primary sales where the firearm has ALREADY been registered at time of purchase! Total garbage this bill is!

  22. avatar GS650G says:

    Marylanders will be left with slingshots and pointed sticks in the end.
    Provided they pass a background check of course………

    1. avatar 2 a defense says:

      No what will happen is all these citizens will become criminals in the dems eyes that are trying to deweaponize us. Anyone who “requires” armed guards that wants to take ours away has clear intentions and if you can’t see it. Wake up n smell the roses. This is an attempt at so many repeats of history that has caused nothing but genecide over control. You want weapon crime to go down? Find a way to stop the transfer of weapons to criminals not citizens who can’t wait 5 mins for an officer to arrive. Both the legislation and the voters, it’s imperative to exercise common sense here

      1. avatar William M says:

        Common sense, that leaves out all the liberals for the most part.

  23. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    450 Bushmaster? What the hell? It’s a round LITTERALLY designed for deer hunting and the laws around deer hunting. Someone needs to tell the Bubbas that they’re coming for their deer rifles. I would be absolutely shocked to find out it was ever used in more than a dozen crimes and would even guess a lower number.

    1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      Given the stats on rifle murders I suspect it is struggling to need more than one hand to count.

      1. avatar Peter says:

        And wouldn’t youknoe that more people are murdered with that one hand than those “assaulty-looking fully semiautomatic firesticks”

        1. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

          Do they accomplish the hand count manually?

  24. avatar Twr says:

    This is why it is important to pay attention and participate in midterm and off-year elections. Right Virginia?

  25. avatar Lance says:

    Right. When you want to comply but you can’t afford to…

  26. avatar Country Boy says:

    Only ban America needs is a ban on gun control laws…all of them.

  27. avatar Right click says:

    “If violent crimes is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim.”
    LtCol Jeff Cooper.

  28. avatar Alan says:

    It would appear that the people of Maryland need to pay more attention to whom they are voting for, or might it actually be that a majority of Maryland voters find a POLICE STATE an acceptable place of residence?

  29. avatar HEGEMON says:

    A crossbow bolt will penetrate level III body armor, will they ban those too? The courts will need to intervene at one point. These idiots seem to want conflict, and will get their collective asses handed to them if it comes to pass.

  30. avatar 21Bravo says:

    At what point will gun owners have enough of the ongoing BS….???? Really guys…!!!
    Basically, we are witnessing a slow motion Communist takeover of our states and country without firing a shot. These politicians should be charged in Federal court with Treason against the Constitution… Doing this would send a message that we have had enough of this BS….. The other side effect is, if they are busy trying to defend themselves in court they won’t have time to propose more of these unconstitutional gun laws until they can be voted out. It is now obvious they could care less about crime, what they care about is people control. This can’t be accomplished without disarming the law abiding citizen…. We have done nothing to stop these Marxist to date and that is why this will continue until it is in all 50 states….. They couldn’t win at the Federal level so now they are going state by state to disarm us. Time to wake up….!!!!!!!!!

  31. We the People NEED to start going after the “architects” of such Bills! This is a constitutional violation period! Those involved should be immediately charged under U.S. code for “Suppression of civil rights under color of LAW!”

  32. avatar Hannibal says:

    “Will Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan sign such a bill if it gets to his desk? Don’t bet against it…”

    I actually would bet against it, as Hogan has been reasonably pro-gun and is popular enough to resist some demanding moms who already got their gun control passed before he was in office.

    but I wouldn’t bet my life or legality on it.

  33. avatar Red in CO says:

    Dafuq is a “5.56X45 11 MILLIMETER NATO” or a “7.62X39 13 MILLIMETER”? Seems these single digit IQ bill writers added some extra numbers in there…. so would that theoretically negate those specific phrases then? Since the wording is very explicit and as far as I’m aware there are no calibers with the designation of 5.56×45 11mm or 7.62×39 13mm

  34. avatar Top says:

    Nothing in this bill has anything to do with safety. It does have everything to to with increasing prison rolls and protecting the ever-more powerful elite.

  35. avatar Tomcat01 says:

    This is stupid for at least two reasons. First does not address the criminal element, but rather creates more potential criminals. Second, totally unConstitutional.

  36. avatar Harry Thoman says:

    No way shall not be infringed means that they can go to hell.

  37. avatar Mike M. says:

    And on top of ALL this, it’s an Olympic Target Pistol ban. The business about “no magazine outside the grip” affects about 75% of the high-end target pistols.

    Breakdown from the 2014 ISSF World Championship (the last I have information on):

    Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol
    Pardini SP RF – 72% – BANNED
    Pardini SP – 10% – BANNED
    Match Guns MG2 – 9%
    Izh-35m – 3%
    Morini CM-22 – 2% – BANNED
    Match Guns MG2E – 2%
    Walther GSP – 1% – BANNED
    Hammerli SP20 – 1% – BANNED

    That’s 86%!

    Now let’s turn to Women’s Sport Pistol

    Pardini SP – 52% – BANNED
    Feinwerkbau AW-93 – 18%
    Walther SSP – 11%
    Morini CM22 – 5% – BANNED
    Benelli MP90S – 4% – BANNED
    Walther GSP – 4% – BANNED
    Match Guns MG2 – 2%
    Hammerli SP20 – 1% – BANNED
    Izh-KhR-30 – 1%
    FAS 603 – 1%
    Izh-35m – 1%

    So the women are slightly better off…with [I]only[/I] 66% of the guns banned.

    This is obscene.

  38. avatar tim mccoig says:

    come on we are the strongest army in the world , WE ,YOU AND ME AND OUR NABORS very true , we have more guns and ammo , IF WE STAND TOGETHER , we could rule the world ! when the British said they owned this country, 3% of Americans raised there guns to save our country …only 3% and we won ! when the japs left pearl harbor there mission was to go to California and kill every body from the west coast to Washington dc. , there secret spy’s told them that every other home in cal.had more than one gun and our people would die before losing there home ground , no one was going to run and hide like they do in there country . also the spys told them that every jap that hit our beach would be dead on there push to dc. with in 5 to 6 miles …..dam , they only had 3,000 more miles to go ……..1961 CASTRO , made every one in Cuba register there guns , in 1962 his army went door to door and took them ! U AND ME ARE THE FUCKIN BEAST’S OF THE WORLD ! ……….just think if the jews had 20 machine guns …nobody getting on that train

  39. avatar tim mccoig says:

    I BEG , yes beg , everyone of you to watch the movie , RED DAWN , then the next day go to bass pro or dicks sporting and buy a mossberg model 500 12gauge shotgun , they sell for about $200.00 each and buy 200 rounds of OO BUCKSHOT thats another $120. this shotgun is so bad ass they tryed to ban it in WW1 .ITS YOUR JOB IN LIFE TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND LAND ……….unless u like hiding under your bed and shaking ………rember , they slaughter the week sheep first …and let some else fight the bulls

    1. avatar Jon Miller says:

      Ssshhhh! Don’t tell everybody. But if you must, tell them to get the 18″ barrel and the new mini shotshells with slug and buckshot combos and the adapter. Makes good sense to also equip your MB with an extended tube magazine.

  40. avatar Kris says:

    When I bought my lower for my AR I had to register it. So now I have to register it a second time? Or is it that they are trying to add a price tag to future purchases on top of the price for the firearm? At which point how does this effect owners of fully automatic weapons that have the credentials to own them which if I’m remembering correctly is roughly one thousand dollars each year per firearm? Additionally how does this effect places that sell firearms and thier FFLs? I feel these are all questions that aren’t being answered and left with this minimal information provided so far that over all access to legal firearms will drop drastically. If that happens wouldn’t that be in direct conflict with our second amendment?

  41. avatar Badger Smith says:

    The number of RIFLES [All Types] used to murder anyone in Maryland
    is ZERO. There is no “assault weapon” problem in Md. Calibers that can penetrate a vest include every decent Deer and hunting Cartridge ever made. Think they won’t eventually use this clause to collect up basic hunting rifles?

  42. avatar Rick Mawhinney says:

    It makes me wonder…who are the constituents that they are representing…

  43. avatar Michael Betts says:

    Where does the line form to go to jail? If enough of us simply say “I will not comply with this unconstitutional law” the jails will not be able to hold us all, nor will “The Free State” build those required to do it.

  44. avatar Warren Litt says:

    Folks are missing a key point by concentrating on the draconian registration fees. This Bill can be interpreted to ban a host of semi-automatic firearms, especially when it refers to semiautomatic pistols which have the capacity of accepting a magazine outside the grip. The guns to which the fees apply are BANNED. You can keep them if duly registered, but cannot sell or transfer them in Maryland, or purchase them for that matter.

  45. avatar MSG Leo says:

    That’ll go to the Supreme court in record speed.

  46. avatar JOhn Smith says:

    everyone screams no no no. Well WHO ELECTED THESE IDIOTS?? You did. Elections have consequences and its about time you learn. Same for Short man Bloombut. Or Socialist Bernie. Stop it now. Take 3 people to the polls and vote against this. Only you can prevent liberalism.

  47. avatar ANI4ANI says:

    R the politicians & their bodyguards/security included ?

  48. avatar Jim N says:

    SCOTUS determined some years that felons CANNOT be required to participate in these schemes, or be punished for non-compliance with same, because to do so would be a Fifth Amendment violation for self-incrimination. Simply put, only FELONS get to keep their firearms.

  49. avatar Dennis K says:

    At first glance, you might not feel subjects like New York’s $100+ license to stargaze, Long Island’s $100+ license to fish in the ocean or even the FAA’s new push to legislate model airplanes out of existence by calling them all “drones” belong here but they are the same freedom robbing tyranny. The same breed of faceless, unelected bureaucratic fun-hating, all theory but no practical knowledge Marxist pissants that are busily working to “fundamentally change America” into an Obama and George Soros gulag are the same leftists chipping away at the Second Amendment.

  50. avatar John Skoufis says:

    Blatantly unconstitutional. Registration allows authorities to have a database of all holders putting them at risk from the privacy granted to all. It directs to a whole range of legal guns as a class which has a low rate of being used in murders (less than 3%). It burdens the poor who can ill afford to use their 2nd Amendment rights. Attacks the 2nd Amendment rights of possess and carry which excludes no weapons. Further burdens sports shooters and hunters. This is nothing but the start of all registration and eventual confiscation as we saw in Germany, Russia, and China.

    1. avatar Cliff says:

      John Skoufis
      You are correct,
      BUT do you think the corrupt DEMOCOMMUNISTS care about the rule of Law, OR the U.S Constitution and Bill of rights? (just like here in COMMUNIST-RUN N.Y.) with “emperor” cuomo that has openly opined he intends to ignore the U.S Constitution, Bill of Rights, the POTUS, his SWORN oath of office, and install “HIS OWN progressive” (communist) government in N.Y. to make N.Y. the most “progressive” state in the union. It is like a “completion” between democommunists to see who can turn their states into communist-controlled SH**holes the fastest.
      So far california is ‘winning”

      The residents need to vote all their corrupt butts OUT.

  51. avatar Gary Snyder says:

    A lot of Bullstuff here but the bottom line is VOTE these three people OUT. Send a message to the rest of them. If you think the Governor would sigh this, then it needs to go too.

    1. avatar David B says:

      I have two meetings next week in Annapolis with my district Delegates. Enough is enough. Read the bill…banning 308? Banning a threaded barrel? Forcing me to register and at the same time charging me $280 per firearm that “violates” their tyranny? Not on my watch!

  52. avatar Ken says:

    This is illegal suppresion of republican voter rights.. Turn those gun toting republicans into dangerous fellons so they cant vote.

    1. avatar John J OMalia says:

      Great point!

  53. avatar John Deck says:

    I grew up in the State of Maryland with weapons in our home, I was instructed on how to use a gun correctly, when and only when to get one from the closet. My Grandfather was a hunter and hunted most of the States, If my Father didn’t correct me about the use of a gun than my Grandfather would. I only broke the rules once showing a weapon to another child. The penalty was NO TV for a month, NO Bicycle for a month, NO going to the movies on Saturday afternoon and NO allowance for a month. I remember after Seventy years. The parents of some of these children that have caused these problems across the Country should have tried teaching their children RESPONSIBILITY they don’t have the right to harm anyone else.

  54. avatar William M says:

    Amen to all of the above comments!

  55. avatar Billy Wilson says:

    Vote these socialist/communists OUT of office. Have recall petitions going now.

  56. avatar Abe Siebert says:

    “HB 1261, authored by House Speaker Adrienne Jones along with Reps. Vanessa Atterbeary and Eric Luedke…” We will not soon forget these names and what they are trying to do to America and the constitution.

  57. avatar Victor Hodge says:

    Keep electing these bozos.

  58. avatar Paul Alexander says:

    When you kick a dog repeatedly, it usually results in that dog “biting” back. These pols are shown in the dictionary under “obnoxious”.

    1. avatar David B says:

      Just crunched some numbers from the FBI database…between 2015 and 2018, 61 murders occurred in MD using hands, fists, or feet. During the same timeframe, a total of 30 murders were committed using a rifle or shotgun, while 1,259 murders occurred with the use of a handgun, of which 80% were criminal on criminal activity with 95% of those handguns either stolen OR procured internationally as a result of the drug trade. These politicians better wake up!

  59. avatar Ray Barry says:

    I thought our elected officials were supposed to represent the people, not push their agenda. This is just another example of #1 how the values and principles of Marylanders are moving to the extreme left and #2 reality, statistics and the wants of the citizenry are being ignored. If they get this signed into law, I will move my residence to another state within 30 days of the signing. Governor Hogan, if it get to you, Please VETO.

  60. avatar Fred says:

    The Constitution was enacted to protect the citizens from the government. When written, the 2nd Amendment applied to the most advanced and sophisticated military weapons of the time. While it may be true that the Framers might not have anticipated the weapons of our time, neither did they anticipate radio, television and the internet, yet these are solidly protected by the 1st Amendment.

  61. avatar 11B10Grunt says:

    All I really have to say is “FLUCK THEM(demoRACISTS), YOU WANT THEM..WELL THEN COME AND GET EM!” I will be standing by.. “WAITING TO GREET YOU PROPERLY!”

  62. avatar R. Smullen says:

    If you were approved by the State police to own one, it is already registered. I think they are after the ghost guns.

  63. avatar Randall says:

    Looks like they forgot the 7.62x54R which will clean a clock through a brick wall. Guess if recall elections don’t work there are suggestions from our forefathers for the enemy within trying to disarm a free people. 🇺🇸

  64. avatar Don Lebrun says:

    This “bill” is “an infringement of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. If passedALL American citizens have a duty to strike it down and anyone who interferes is an enemy of the people and has no right to live.

  65. avatar Dre says:

    It has been deemed unfavorable &Thrown out by comittee. Thank god

  66. avatar Greg says:

    Hogan— major disappointment. He should change his party affiliation to Democrat. Wish I would not of voted for him and never will again. The left will continue to chip away at the 2A. We need to get the majority in the courts and file lawsuits to overturn these infringements on out rights.

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