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NOW YOU KNOW: End-of-session review part II

The following is an op-ed piece from Delegates Kathy Szeliga and Ryan Nawrocki. Welcome back to the 2023 End of Session Review, a continuation of last week’s article! This article outlines additional measures that took place during the Annapolis legislative session – some good and others not so much. In March, Governor Moore announced that Maryland would move to electric …


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NRA sues Maryland after Governor Moore signs gun control bils, carry restrictions into law

BALTIMORE, MD—The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action sued the state of Maryland on Tuesday after Governor Wes Moore signed a pair of gun control bills into law. The NRA says the new laws will “prevent law-abiding citizens from carrying for self-defense purposes.” Governor Moore signed SB 1 and HB 824 into law on Tuesday after Democrat lawmakers championed …


Governor Hogan directs Maryland State Police to suspend ‘good and substantial reason’ standard for Wear and Carry Permits

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday issued the following statement: “Over the course of my administration, I have consistently supported the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms, while enacting responsible and common sense measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. “Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision …

Councilman Marks successfully eliminates fees from Olszewski gun bill

TOWSON, MD—At the Baltimore County Council meeting on Tuesday night, Councilman David Marks successfully passed an amendment that eliminated all proposed fees from County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s gun security bill. The legislation sought by the County Executive requires broader security requirements for firearms retailers and gun shows. During Christmas week, Councilman Marks met with every gun retailer affected in his …

Councilman Marks: Eliminate fees, exempt FreeState Gun Range in gun security bill

UPDATE: Councilman Marks was successful in his efforts to eliminate fees from the gun bill. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Monday that he would support amending the proposed gun safety legislation sponsored by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski to eliminate new fees and exempt places such as the FreeState Gun Range in Middle …

Law enforcement leaders announce Project Guardian-DMV

BALTIMORE, MD—A new illegal firearms initiative announced on Friday, Project Guardian-DMV, is designed to reduce violent crime and further enforce federal firearms laws across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV). The new initiative builds upon the Justice Department’s national effort, Project Guardian, announced by Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesday. The initiative was announced by United States …

Frosh joins coalition defending Vermont’s right to ban large-capacity magazines

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday joined a group of 18 state attorneys general to defend Vermont’s right to ban large-capacity magazines. In an amicus brief filed in the Vermont Supreme Court, the attorneys general argue that states have the right to enact reasonable firearm restrictions that reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by gun …

Dick’s destroyed $5 million worth of weapons, says CEO

BALTIMORE, MD—As America’s gun control debate rages on, Dick’s Sporting Goods recently revealed that the chain had destroyed $5 million worth of weapons. After learning that Dick’s had sold a shotgun to the Parkland shooter, CEO Edward Stack last year announced that the company would no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age. Dick’s also announced that …