As you know, October 1, is the effective date for some bills that pass the Maryland General Assembly legislative process, and marks the effective date of SB 281, the gun control bill passed and signed by Governor O'Malley.
During the legislative session, I was joined by colleagues on both sides of the aisle and voted against SB 281, as well as voted for amendments that would weaken or defeat the bill. Many of these amendments would have focused more on the root causes of heinous gun violence: mental health issues, increased non paroled sentencing for gun crime perpetrators, societal realities affecting behavior such as video games and movies depicting mass murder and violence are the real issues not adequately addressed through this legislation. These issues, not additional burdens of costly permits, fingerprinting, training, and other required processes placed upon law-abiding citizens, most effectively address gun violence.
Since the bill's passage, we have seen a unprecedented increase in gun purchases across this state, and I have been directly working with the Maryland State Police and colleagues at the highest level to make the process go as smooth as possible. Keeping an effective dialogue between our citizens and the State Police who implement this bill is essential to making this bill the least onerous.
Taking that approach of effective communication and leadership, we have been able to make the State Police and Administration understand the current situation and the concerns of our citizens. In response to my requests, calls, emails, and meetings, the State Police have reassigned almost 40 officers from other areas of the department to help responsibly expedite gun purchase applications of constituents and all law abiding citizens.
I believe in our constitutional right to bear arms. I have and will continue to work to protect our rights throughout our state and country.
In addition, while the bill goes into effect today, due to our efforts and dialogue with the State Police, they have made clear that if you have applied to purchase a gun before today and your application is still pending, you will not be required to obtain a handgun qualification license, as required by the new law. You can find more information here.
It is the privilege of a lifetime to serve you in the Maryland Senate. If I can ever be of assistance, you can reach my Annapolis office at 800 492 7122 x-3645# or 410-841-3645, my district office at(410) 352-3096 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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