BILL SYNOPSES & POSITIONS2019-02-19T23:03:19-04:00
LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION HOME PAGE
GUN & HUNTING BILL TRACKING
SENATE, HOUSE & COMMITTEE INFORMATION
2A RELATED WEBSITES & DOCUMENT LINKS


2019 SESSION – BILL SYNOPSES & POSITIONS

Page Updated: 01-15-2019 – See Below for Tab Updates

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF HARDCOPY VERSION FOR ALL BILLS

Click on Tabs Below to View Bills by Chamber and Type:


HOUSE GUN BILLS

Updated: 02-19-2019 @ 2153 hrs


HB 0031Baltimore City – Weapons on School Property – School Resource Officer
A limited scope bill to authorize Baltimore City school resource officers to possess and carry firearms on school property.   No Position

HB 0092Public Safety – Handgun Permits – Payment of Fees
Altering the manner in which an applicant for a handgun permit is required to pay a certain fee to allow any method of payment approved by the Secretary of State Police. Current law requires checks or money orders. No Position (crossfile SB 0113)

HB 0095Public Safety – Firearms Disqualifications – Antique Firearm (Shade’s Law)
To add and include antique firearms to the list of firearms a person who is prohibited from owning or possessing. This bill was prompted by a domestically related homicide in which the perpetrator used a black powder pistol. Antique firearms and replicas of antique firearms are not federally regulated and thus a NICS check cannot be done. While antiques and replicas might be confiscated by law enforcement; there is no means for a dealer to identify a person who is prohibited, and thus no means to prevent a subsequent purchase.  Oppose

HB 0096Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Transfer
A terribly flawed bill to define the term “transfer” of a regulated firearm as anything other than a temporary gratuitous loan where the owner and borrower remain in the same location. Oppose

HB 0236Crimes – Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence or Felony – Penalty (The Repeat Firearms Offender Act of 2019)
Upgrading the use of a firearm in a crime of violence or felony from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. Maintains the current 5 year mandatory without parole and adds a minimum 10 year sentence up to a maximum of 20 years for a second offense. Person convicted is not eligible for parole until after the mandatory minimum sentence has been served. Provides that the sentences shall be consecutive and not concurrent with sentences for convictions on other charges. No Position (crossfile SB 0166)

HB 0342Public Safety – Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun – Qualifications
A simple personal protection/ self-defense as “good and substantial” except with a fatal flaw. Page 3, Section 2, lines 7-14 tie carry permits to funding mental health programs. We are not responsible for mental health and connecting firearms legislation with mental health issues is not in our best interest. There are better bills which we can support, e.g. SB 0115. No Position

HB 0367 Public Safety – Education – Firearm Funding
Prohibiting a county board of education or public school from spending any money from any source to directly or indirectly provide a teacher with a firearm or train a teacher in the use of a firearm; and providing the Act does not apply to a school-approved sport or club that makes use of firearms. No Position (crossfile SB 0536)

HB 0468Public Safety – Access to Firearms – Storage Requirements
Expanding the existing law requiring that all firearms to be locked up if unsupervised minors could gain access. This is a change from existing law which required that only loaded firearms be locked up. Redefining the term minor from a person under 16 years of age to a person under 18 years of age. Adding definitions for certain locking devices/containers and providing a prison sentence of up to two years and/or fine. Existing law stipulates only a fine of up to $1,000. Oppose (crossfile SB 0441)

HB 0523Public Schools – Use of Lead Ammunition in School Programs – Prohibition
Prohibiting a school-approved sport, club, or course of instruction from using lead ammunition in training, practice, or athletic competition. Oppose

HB 0541Public Safety – Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun – Qualifications
A very clean bill which adds personal protection and self-defense as a good and substantial reason for a carry permit. SUPPORT (crossfile SB 0115)

HB 0612Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Colt AR-15 Sporter H-Bar Rifle
Altering the definition of “regulated firearm” to include the previously excluded Colt AR-15 Sporter H-BAR rifle and imitations. Would likely ban the sale of many of the similar firearms currently on the market. Oppose

HB 0722Criminal Law – Theft of a Firearm
Allowing law enforcement agencies in the western counties to transfer, sell, and/or trade forfeited firearms to an FFL; who could then in turn, sell them to private law-abiding citizens. Support

HB 0740Criminal Law – Firearms – Computer-Aided Fabrication and Serial Number
This bill will essentially ban the manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of a firearm which does not have a serial number issued by a federally licensed manufacturer or importer if the firearms was manufactured using certain computer controlled devices. Oppose (crossfile SB 0882)

HB 0749Firearms – Right to Purchase, Possess, and Carry – Use of Medical Cannabis
A misguided attempt to allow persons prescribed medical marijuana to purchase, possess, transfer a firearm, including holding a permit to wear and carry a firearm. Does not and cannot override existing federal law prohibiting these persons from purchasing, possessing, etc. a firearm. No Position

HB 0769Harford County Parishioner Protection Pilot Program
Existing Maryland law severely limits when and to where a handgun can be transported by persons who do not have a wear and carry permit. This bill seeks to allow a person who has written permission from the church or religious organization to transport a handgun to and from the facility and to wear and carry a handgun while on the organization’s property. No Position

HB 0774Office of the Attorney General – Crime Firearms – Study
While perhaps well intentioned, this bill presumes that the data the bill requires the Attorney General to compile simply does not exist or cannot be obtained without a dedicated manual search of the records of every Maryland law enforcement agency. Some of the data does exist in ATF trace reports, but not in detailed form. Oppose

HB 0781Public Safety – Handgun Permit – Church or Religious Organization Property
Existing Maryland law severely limits when and to where a handgun can be transported by persons who do not have a wear and carry permit. This bill seeks to allow a person who has written permission from the church or religious organization to transport a handgun to and from the facility and to wear and carry a handgun while on the organization’s property. No Position

HB 0786Public Safety – Rifles and Shotguns – Transactions
Briefly stated, this bill is O’Malley’s Firearms Safety Act of 2013 all over again except instead of handguns it deals with all rifles and shotguns. Key elements are: long gun qualification license, 7 day waiting period, one long gun per month. Private sales will no longer be private, they must go through a dealer, and the transaction recorded by the Maryland State Police (registration). Persons moving into Maryland will have to register their long guns. Severe penalties. Oppose (crossfile SB 0737)

HB 0834Public Safety – Assault Weapons – Replacements
A simple bill to allow citizens to replace lost, stolen or destroyed “assault weapons” provided the replacements are registered with the Maryland State Police. Support (crossfile SB 0706)

HB 0927Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission  Training Requirements – Firearms
Requiring that the training and proficiency standards of the FBI be used as the standard for all Maryland law enforcement officers who are issued a firearm. No Position

HB 0981Sales and Use Tax – Exemption – Firearm Safety Devices
Exempting gun safes, lock boxes, external locks and similar devices intended to enhance firearm storage safety from Maryland sales and use taxes. Support

HB 1146Criminal Procedure – Forfeiture of Firearms – Sale to Dealer
Allowing law enforcement agencies in the western counties to transfer, sell, trade forfeited firearms to an FFL who could then in turn, sell them to citizens. Support (crossfile SB 0664)

HB 1214Criminal Law – Crimes Against Property – Right to Defend Property (Stand Your Ground Act)
Contrary to the bill title, this bill has nothing to do with what is commonly known as “stand your ground” legislation which negates a citizen having a duty to retreat when confronted on the street by an assailant. It does provide certain protections regarding the use of deadly force when faced with an intruder in the home. It contains language allowing the use of deadly force to protect property, a provision which will effectively kill this bill in Committee. No Position

HB 1215Criminal Law – Crimes Against Property – Right to Defend Property (Castle Doctrine)
This bill allows the use of deadly force within the home, and under certain circumstances, immunity from prosecution for the use of deadly force. Does not allow use of deadly force to defend property nor does it provide immunity from civil actions. No Position

HB 1247No Fear in Education Act – Student Protection in School
Not a gun control bill. Deals with arming school officers and/or teachers, hardening the building to resist attack, liability if officers fail to act. No Position

HB 1343Public Safety – Handgun Permit Review Board – Repeal
Eliminates the Maryland Handgun Roster Board as an appeal option. Persons who wish to appeal a ruling of the Maryland State Police Licensing Division will have to appeal directly to the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings were legal representation will be essential. Oppose

HB 1373Baltimore City – School Resource Officers – Firearms
Text pending. No Position


SENATE GUN BILLS

Updated: 02-13-2019 @ 1739 hrs


SB 0008Criminal Law – Computer-Aided Firearm Fabrication – Prohibitions
A wide spectrum bill to ban, with certain exceptions, the manufacture of firearms on 3D printers or other computer controlled devices, banning the possession, sale, transfer of these firearms was well as the technology to manufacture.  Oppose

SB 0097Firearms – Right to Purchase, Possess, and Carry – Use of Medical Cannabis
Providing that a person may not be denied the right to purchase, possess, or carry a firearm solely on the basis that the person is authorized to use medical cannabis. Does not negate the federal law relating to firearms possession and the use of controlled dangerous substances. No Position

SB 0113Public Safety – Handgun Permits – Payment of Fees
Altering the manner in which an applicant for a handgun permit is required to pay a certain fee to allow any method of payment approved by the Secretary of State Police. No Position (crossfile HB 0092)No Position (crossfiled HB 0092)

SB 0114Firearms – Handgun Permit – Preliminary Approval
Revising the existing statute which requires that a citizen who wishes to obtain a permit to carry a handgun must complete an expensive training course as a prerequisite to apply for the permit to carry a handgun. The language of this bill would revise the statute to reverse the order and allow the applicant to obtain a preliminary review and determination regarding he applicant’s eligibility for a permit to carry before investing the time and money in training only to be denied a permit to carry a handgun. Limiting the amount of time the applicant has to complete the training.  Support

SB-0115 Public Safety – Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun – Qualifications
A very clean bill which adds personal protection and self-defense as a good and substantial reason for a carry permit. Support

SB 0118Handgun Permits – Criminal History Check – Fingerprint Submission Exception
Waives the requirement for submitting fingerprints as part of the application process for a permit to wear and carry a handgun if the applicant’s fingerprints are already on file with the Maryland State Police. Does not address why the fingerprints are already on file or the fact that fingerprint data is not kept by the Maryland State Police. No Position – withdrawn by sponsor

SB 0166Crimes – Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence or Felony – Penalty  (The Repeat Firearms Offender Act of 2019)
Upgrading the use of a firearm in a crime of violence or felony from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. Maintains the current 5 year mandatory without parole and adds a minimum 10 year sentence up to a maximum of 20 years for a second offense. Person convicted is not eligible for parole until after the mandatory minimum sentence has been served. Provides that the sentences shall be consecutive and not concurrent with sentences for convictions on other charges.
No Position (crossfile HB 0236)

SB 0287Handgun Qualification License – Training Requirement – Exemption
A “carve out” bill which would waive training for certain law enforcement and corrections officers. It contains nothing which would benefit the typical gun owner. No Position

SB 0346Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Transfer
A terribly flawed bill to define the term “transfer” of a regulated firearm as anything other than a temporary gratuitous loan where the owner and borrower remain in the same location. Oppose

SB 0441Public Safety – Access to Firearms – Storage Requirements
Expanding the existing law requiring that all firearms to be locked up if unsupervised minors could gain access. This is a change from existing law which required that only loaded firearms be locked up. Redefining the term minor from a person under 16 years of age to a person under 18 years of age. Adding definitions for certain locking devices/containers and providing a prison sentence of up to two years and/or fine. Existing law stipulates only a fine of up to $1,000. Oppose (crossfile HB 0468)

SB 0536Public Safety – Education – Firearm Funding
A bill to prevent public school systems from expending any funds to train or arm teachers. More of a statement of the sponsors’ opposition to arming teachers than meaningful legislation. No Position

SB 0622Office of the Attorney General – Crime Firearms – Study
Directing the Maryland Attorney General to conduct a study of firearms use in crime. Largely duplicates what the ATF already does. More of an excuse for the Attorney General to expend taxpayers’ money to write yet another anti-gun statement supporting more gun control. Oppose

SB 0664 Criminal Procedure – Forfeiture of Firearms – Sale to Dealer
Allowing law enforcement agencies in the western counties to transfer, sell, trade forfeited firearms to an FFL who could then in turn, sell them to citizens. Support

SB 0706 Public Safety – Assault Weapons – Replacements
A simple bill to allow citizens to replace lost, stolen or destroyed “assault weapons” provided the replacements are registered with the Maryland State Police. Support

SB 0737Public Safety – Rifles and Shotguns – Transactions
Briefly stated, this bill is O’Malley’s Firearms Safety Act of 2013 all over again except instead of handguns it deals with all rifles and shotguns. Key elements, long gun qualification license, 7 day waiting period, one long gun per month. Private sales will no longer be private, they must go through a dealer, and the transaction recorded by the Maryland State Police (registration). Persons moving into Maryland will have to register their long guns. Severe penalties. Oppose (crossfile HB 0786)

SB 0882Criminal Law – Firearms – Computer-Aided Fabrication and Serial Number
The will essentially ban the manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of a firearm which does not have a serial number issued by a federally licensed manufacturer or importer if the firearms was manufactured using certain computer controlled devices. Oppose (crossfile HB 0740)

SB 0884Public Schools – School Resource Officers – Firearms Required
Requiring a Baltimore City school police officer and a school resource officer to carry a firearm while present on the premises of the school to which the officer is assigned. No Position



HOUSE HUNTING BILLS

Updated: 02-13-019 @ 1743 hrs


HB 0199Wicomico County – Deer Hunting – Sundays
Authorizing a person in Wicomico County to hunt deer on private property on the first Sunday of bow hunting season in November and each Sunday in the deer firearms season. Support

HB 0242Cecil County – Natural Resources – Hunting
Allowing Sunday hunting of wetland game birds in certain counties, adding Cecil County and also permitting Sunday hunting of quail in Cecil County. Bill also contains language limiting certain trapping activities and certain types of traps. Support

HB 0401Harford County – Hunting – Deer Management Permits
Adding Harford County to the list of counties where persons with a crop damage permits from the DNR can hunt deer out of season. Support

HB 0618Dorchester County – Sunday Hunting – Deer Bow Hunting Season
Authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer during the bow hunting season on certain property from the first Sunday in October through the second Sunday in January the following year, inclusive, in Dorchester County, subject to certain provisions of law. Support

HB 0619Dorchester County – Sunday Hunting – Deer Muzzleloader Season
Authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer on Sundays during the deer muzzle loader season on certain property in Dorchester County, subject to certain provisions of law.  Support

HB 0620
Dorchester County – Sunday Hunting – Deer Firearms Season
Authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer on the second and third Sunday of the deer firearms season on certain property in Dorchester County, subject to certain provisions of law. Support

HB 0728State Parks and Forests – Hunting – Use of Off-Road Vehicles
Authorizing the DNR to allow the use of off-road vehicle to retrieve game during hunting season in state parks (except wildlands) provided the operator is a licensed hunter and the vehicle is registered with the DNR. Pending

HB 1110Washington County – Archery Hunting – Safety Zone
Adding Washington County to the list of counties where a 50 yard safety zone for archery hunting is existing law and also requiring that archery hunters shoot from an elevated position when hunting between 50 and 100 yards from dwelling etc. Support (crossfile SB 0140)

HB 1194 – Natural Resources – Whistleblower Program – Establishment
Requiring the Department of Natural Resources to establish a Natural Resources Whistleblower Program; establishing the purpose of the Program; requiring the Program to provide rewards of financial compensation under certain circumstances to individuals or nonprofit organizations that report violations of natural resources or conservation laws; establishing the Natural Resources Whistleblower Fund as a special, non-lapsing fund; specifying the purpose of the Fund; requiring the Department to administer the Fund; etc. Pending (cross SB 0760)

HB 1221Natural Resources – Hunting – Sundays
Authorizing the DNR to allow Sunday hunting on private land and certain designated public land on three Sundays in deer firearms season, two Sundays in deer muzzleloader season and all Sundays in deer bow hunting season. Further authorizing the DNR to allow an additional Sunday from 30 minutes before sunrise to 10:30 A.M.   Support

HB 1378Natural Resources – Sunday Hunting – Migratory Game Birds
Text not yet available. Pending

 


 


SENATE HUNTING BILLS

Updated:  02-13-2019 @ 1743 hrs


SB 0140Washington County – Archery Hunting – Safety Zone
Adding Washington County to the list of counties where a 50 yard safety zone for archery hunting is existing law and also requiring that archery hunters shoot from an elevated position when hunting between 50 and 100 yards from dwelling etc.   Support

SB 0293Natural Resources – Sunday Hunting – Migratory Game Birds
Authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to allow Sunday hunting of migratory birds on certain private property and on public land designated for Sunday Hunting. Support

SB 0390Natural Resources – Sunday Hunting – Deer
To authorize the DNR to allow Sunday hunting of deer on designated public land during the deer hunting season. Support

SB 0760Natural Resources – Whistleblower Program – Establishment
Requiring the Department of Natural Resources to establish a Natural Resources Whistleblower Program; establishing the purpose of the Program; requiring the Program to provide rewards of financial compensation under certain circumstances to individuals or nonprofit organizations that report violations of natural resources or conservation laws; establishing the Natural Resources Whistleblower Fund as a special, non-lapsing fund; specifying the purpose of the Fund; requiring the Department to administer the Fund; etc. Pending (crossfile HB 1194)

 

 

LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION HOME PAGE
GUN & HUNTING BILL TRACKING
SENATE, HOUSE & COMMITTEE INFORMATION
2A RELATED WEBSITES & DOCUMENT LINKS