Gun bill day in the House is tomorrow, March 4th in the Judiciary Committee hearing room at 1pm. If you are able brave the weather and come to testify, or come stand with your fellow gun owners and patriots. Last year you came in droves to protest SB281 and you were not heard by those in Annapolis who wish to be your overlords. Do not let them break your conviction and your will. Don’t let them silence you!
For a complete list of legislation being heard tomorrow,tap here.
My bill, HB995- Firearms Freedom Act is on the docket. This bill’s intention is to declare that Maryland will not participate in any Federal gun ban. This does not affect gun laws passed in Maryland- Delegate Smigiel has introduced several important pieces of legislation seeking to restore gun rights in Maryland and I co- sponsored and support them fully.
HB 955 was important to introduce because it deals with the possibility of an Unconstitutional Federal ban on guns or types of guns. I want Maryland Citizens protected from Federal action should this come to pass. Please consider testifying in FAVOR of HB 955 while you are in Annapolis tomorrow.
If you have any questions or would like to testify, please call my office at 410-841-3047
If you can’t come, you can watch the hearings online. Tap here and select Judiciary once the hearing starts.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling yesterday could have major implications on Maryland’s concealed carry law. The ruling opens the door for a potential Supreme Court Case regarding the Constitutionality of concealed carry permitting.
Last year, the 4th District Court of Appeals struck down a US District Court ruling that Maryland’s requirement to show “good and substantial” cause for a permit was unconstitutional.
California’s permitting requirements are similar to Maryland. It is a “may issue” state. Permitting depends on the local sheriff or police chief from county to county. The law says you have to show good moral character and in San Diego, you also have to show good cause to get one. As in Maryland, self defense is not considered “good and substantial” reason. In its ruling, the 9th circuit said the county’s narrow view of good cause violates the 2nd amendment right to bear arms for self defense. article
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The policies and actions of the Governor and Democratic Controlled State Legislature has resulted in not only loss of individual liberty, but also the loss of economic advantage. Businesses like Beretta USA which had plans to expand in Maryland, but scrapped it after last years gun ban was passed, have packed up and left town.
Below is the letter written by CEO and president of Beretta Holding S.p.A, Ugo Gussalli Beretta- it is well worth the read.
My family has operated our business from the same small town in northern Italy for 500 years. This means that when we make a commitment to a local community, our hope is to do so for decades, if not centuries, to come.
We apply this same philosophy to all of our factories and locations throughout the world. Such a commitment is not a one-way street, though.
In return for our investment in jobs, facilities and assistance to the local economy, we ask for respect and a supportive business climate.
We deserve such respect. We make the standard sidearm for the U.S. armed forces. We also make firearms that police and consumers use to save their lives and the lives of others.
We also make sporting firearms that are enjoyed by tens of millions of people worldwide, from Olympic shooters to weekend hunters.
Our business has grown in recent years, and because of that, we needed to expand production in our U.S facility, located in Accokeek, just outside of Washington, D.C., in the Maryland suburbs.
Unfortunately, as we were planning that expansion, Maryland’s governor and legislature voted in favor of new regulations that unfairly attack products we make and that our customers want.
These regulations also demean our law-abiding customers, who must now be fingerprinted like criminals before they can be allowed to purchase one of our products.
We have seen these types of legislative proposals in Maryland before, and they never seem to reduce crime. Maybe this is because the proponents of such legislation blame the product instead of human misconduct.’
But in any event, because of these new restrictions and the pattern of harassment aimed at lawful firearm owners we have seen in Maryland over the decades, we decided to expand our facilities in a state that shows more respect for citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights.
We chose Tennessee for our new facility expansion. Our plans for that location are extensive and long-lasting.
We chose Tennessee because the governor and legislators in that state understand what it means to support businesses (such as through job recruitment and training programs) that improve employment in the state without treating companies as a necessary evil.
We chose Tennessee also because the vast majority of its residents and their elected officials have shown that they respect and honor the American tradition of personal freedoms, including the right to bear arms.
Ugo Gussalli Beretta
The following are summaries of gun bills introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session. If you feel strongly about any of them, please click on the link for the sponsor for their contact information.
This bill is a repeal of the requirement that the State Police determine “good and substantial” justification for issuing a Concealed Carry Permit.
This would require Maryland recognize Concealed Carry Permits issued by other states.
This bill would permit possession or transport by a nonresident of the State of an assault weapon or a detachable magazine that has been legally purchased outside the State for the purpose of using the assault weapon or detachable magazine to participate in an organized military activity, a target shoot, formal or informal target practice, or a sport shooting event, having the assault weapon or detachable magazine repaired at a bona fide repair shop, or traveling through the State for a lawful purpose. This bill intends to resolve the issues created by SB 281 which would make non residents engaging in military or sport shooting events in Maryland or traveling through Maryland “criminals” and subject to potential arrest.
This bill requires the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun permit to a person who has been issued a handgun qualification license. The HQL is now a requirement for all purchases of handguns in Maryland as per the new assault weapons ban of last year.
This bill would prohibit a person from using any material to create or modify a detachable magazine and prohibits a person from using a 3-dimentional printer to manufacture a firearm receiver.
Would ban 8th day transfers, allowing the MSP to shut down handgun sales simply by not acting on applications. The 8th day release was implemented because of the risk that MSP would use the approval process to shut down firearm sales.
This bill creates a task force to study implementation of requiring GPS devices on every firearm. This would also open the door to a firearm registry. And expenses and compensations to the members of the task force would be funded by your tax dollars.
This bill would extend the prohibition of “deadly weapons” including firearms and knives on school property to include Private School property. While this exempts police and any potential school guards, it’s clear that such laws do not actually stop criminals from bringing weapons onto school property.
Gun Rights – Regretfully, Maryland refuses to recognize the legitimate and inalienable right to Keep and Bear Arms. Last year’s sweeping gun ban passed despite huge opposition from the public has done little to address or curtail violence in Maryland, and has had a huge negative effect on personal liberty and private property.
There is no Constitutional provision that supports Maryland’s position that all firearms must be registered with the State and that you must hold a State issued permit to lawfully carry a firearm. I have always held and voted that every Law-Abiding citizen has the right to own and carry a firearm without a permit. After all, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont, Wyoming and Oklahoma, do not require a permit to carry a firearm in public. Additional information on Constitutional Carry states.
Gun Bills Introduced in MD- keep in mind this list will grow as session continues.
Maryland Shall Issue is the leading local activist group in Maryland dedicated to restoring gun rights to citizens. They are a great resource of information regarding this issue.
Maryland Legislative Watch does a great job summarizing proposed legislation and provides links to email your legislator all in one convenient place.
The Chesapeake Bay and the Rain Tax– For decades now, we have heard about the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The Legislature over that time has implemented various forms of taxes and fees intent on addressing the issue of water quality. Unfortunately this has been a ruse. In fact the money spent has primarily been used to grow the Maryland Department of the Environment to the point that it now employees 937 State employees. Regretfully the growth of MDE has done little to nothing to improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay.
HB11- authorizes Bay Restoration funds to be used to disconnect septic systems and to connect those homes to municipal waste water treatment facilities. The untold story is that it is those municipal facilities that dump hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated raw sewage into the bay every year. Now HB11 proposes to add additional load to an already failing municipal facility.
HB12-On the surface this bill would appear to provide funding for the implementation of the latest technology in septic systems within local jurisdictions whereby a percentage of the cost is paid by the government. What this bill and all of the issues pertaining to Bay Restoration fail to recognize (not by accident) is the fact that the primary cause of contamination in our waterways are the failures of waste water treatment plants and infrastructure. See the links below for overflow reports for 2013 alone.
SB01- Rightly recognizes that a homeowner using the latest nitrogen removing technology in a septic system should be exempted from any further expense related to environmental fees. The cost of the latest technology can run upwards of 20 thousand dollars. Because the State is only interested in raising revenue, its unlikely to pass.
A bond bill is a piece of legislation that starts with the words “Creation of State Debt” The fact that bond bills are debt should be enough that no Legislator would sponsor such a bill when we continue to raise taxes and fees claiming all along that we simply don’t have enough revenue to support the needs of the State. These Bills are the “Pork Projects” of your local State Legislators.
For this reason no Legislator should ask for or support any such legislation. I will NOT support any Legislation that increases state debt
Continue to check back as I will regularly update with new information and legislation to keep an eye on.
The 2014 Legislative session is underway. I will be using this site to post updates and track bills of special interest to the cause of liberty and constitutional governance in Maryland.
To kick things off I’d like to highlight a couple of bills that have already been introduced in the MD House of Delegates by Delegate Frank Conaway
This bill states that you have no right to respond to violence with anything other than retreat and that self defense can only be used as a defense if you can prove that you had no means of escape.
In other words, it does not matter that a violent criminal is in your home with a gun threatening you, your wife and your children, you may not defend them so long as you can crawl out the window, climb down a fire escape and run down the street for” help”.
This bill makes it illegal for you to not follow the orders of a 9-11 operator.
This bill establishes a task force to study the “feasibility, utility and costs” of using GPS technology to track every firearm sold and possessed in MD. You read that right, it lays the ground to potentially put gps devices on every legally owned firearm in MD. The bill also establishes that state money (your dollars) be spent conducting this “study”
If you have any questions about these bills you can contact Delegate Conaway by email email@example.com or phone 410-841-3189
Regretfully, Maryland refuses to recognize the legitimate Constitutional right to Keep and Bear Arms under the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. There is no Constitutional provision that supports Maryland’s position that all firearms must be registered with the State and that you must hold a State issued permit to lawfully carry a firearm. I have always held and voted that every Law-Abiding citizen has the right to own and carry a firearm without a permit. After all, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont, Wyoming and Oklahoma, do not require a permit to carry a firearm in public. Click Here for additional information on Constitutional Carry states.
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First I want to say thank you to all who supported me by purchasing tickets, or selling tickets or spreading the word. However you helped, it is much appreciated from the bottom of my heart.
The drawing was held today at 1pm in front of a small but enthusiastic group of patriots. Special thanks to Fifers Seafood for letting us use their parking lot and for all their help. Please show them some love the next time you are in the mood for good seafood!
I am happy to congratulate Aaron McDonagh of Crownsville and Peter Clark of Arnold for winning the AK-47 and AR-15!
Again, sincerest appreciation to all!
There is a great cry from many well intentioned citizens to petition to referendum, SB281. Although well intentioned, this would be the wrong thing to do.
Maryland stands at a crossroads of an epic issue. Will we govern as a Constitutional Republic or simply a hyper-democracy? Unfortunately, the mere act of taking SB281 to referendun would send the wrong message. It would suggest Constitutional rights are subject to elimination at the whims of a simple majority… and it would fuel the ambitions of democratic majorities to continue their attacks on our freedoms.
We must not and cannot give any semblance of authority to an “unconstitutional act” or “pretended legislation” disguised as “law”. Taking SB281 to referendum would do exactly that.
Consider the implication if voters were to support SB281. A constitutionally protected right would be forever lost, and by “buying in” to a referendum process, we would be implicitly endorsing and condoning the misconception that our unalienable rights are subject to majority vote. This is unacceptable, because in a Constitutional Republic, THE MAJORITY HAS NO AUTHORITY TO TAKE AWAY GOD GIVEN CONSTITUIONAL RIGHTS FROM THE MINORITY .
We must never send the message that our God-given constitutional rights are subject to popular vote.
Some may ask, “If not referendum than what?”
We will be holding a series of meetings with distinguished leaders, officials, industry experts, scholars, activists, and constitutional attorneys to propose details of alternate actions designed to (a) restore our Second Amendment Protections; and (b) motivate and organize the sovereigns in Maryland (the people) to reaffirm our government’s commitment to the Constitution.
Thomas Jefferson said. “What county can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance.”
Therefore, we the undersigned will not encourage, promote, or participate in any referendum of SB281.
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.
Comissioner Richard Rothschild
More to come…..
AR-15 and AK-47 RAFFLE
AR-15 is a Palmetto Arms, 16″ barrel with collapsable stock
AK-47 is from Arsenal Inc., 16″ barrel with a side folding stock
Both guns are currently at Pasadena Gun and Pawn if you would like to view them and see what other goodies they have!
If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, Please mail a check for the total number of tickets to: Supporters of Don Dwyer , P.O. Box 667 Glen Burnie MD 21061. Your stubs will be mailed to you.
If you would like to sell tickets for me, Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how many you are willing to sell. I will mail you the ticket and the stub. After all are sold mail the checks ( Payable to Supporters of Don Dwyer) and the stubs to the P.O. Box above.
Or click here: GUN RAFFLE to purchase or to get tickets to sell.
The winning tickets will be drawn Saturday July 6th. Independence weekend. Location TBD
Raffle Rules: You must be able to lawfully purchase and own a firearm- you must be willing to assume the transfer fees.
Out of State winners must have an FFL from their state to handle the transfer and must be willing to assume shipping costs.
Taxes and associated costs other than transfer fees will be covered by Supporters of Don Dwyer.
Proceeds will benefit Supporters of Don Dwyer and will also used in an effort to unseat the Legislators who worked to support, vote for and pass SB 281.
Thanks so much for your support
Delegate Don Dwyer
Friends, I am considering spearheading “Operation DINO” state wide!!! DINO stands for Democrat in name only.
Here’s why: In Maryland, the Democrat primary controls for the most part, the elections in three major jurisdictions. Prince Georges, Montgomery County and Baltimore City. If the gun community alone follows me in this strategic plan, we can have a real effect on the next statewide election. What we have been doing for decades is NOT working. We are losing the war on our Inalienable Rights. It’s time we fight back strategically and quickly to save our State.
I am considering registering Democrat in order that I may lead a legitimate movement (www.freestatedinos.com) to VOTE OUT the hard left liberals who are hell bent on taking away our liberties and our Constitutionally protected rights. I will likely make this decision within a few days. If you would like to give me your opinion please visit me on Face Book and respond to my post.
We must do all we can to defend the State & United States Constitutions. I truly fear that we are about to lose yet again more of our constitutionally protected rights here in Maryland.
Maryland politicians have no fear of a few thousand angry and determined Republicans. However, A few thousand angry and determined Democrats can do significant damage to a primary.
For example: Karen Montgomery is a co-sponsor of SB281 that infringes on your right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Sen. Karen Montgomery barely won her primary in 2010 by 116 VOTES!! Can we enlist just 200 DINO’s in District 14 to take her out?
Will you follow me?
Operation DINO (Democrat in Name Only)
- In Maryland the Democrat primary controls for the most part the majority of our elections. If enough people who disagree with the ultra hard left position changes their party affiliation and votes in the primary- we can have a real impact on the next statewide election.
- Many far left politicians, protected from ever losing their seat in BLUE Maryland, act with impunity and disregard for the Constitution. Example: SB 281/ HB 294 ( for several days thousands of citizens converged on Annapolis to oppose, yet the bills are still being pushed through)
- Many of those legislators who sponsored and are committed to voting for SB 281 / HB 294 and directly ignoring the voice of their constituents, their oath of office and the US Constitution are in fact, clearly defeat-able in the primary.
- By using the primary to hold these and any future legislators of the Majority Party RESPONSIBLE, liberty minded citizens of Maryland can effectively bring about CHANGE.
More Examples- 2010 primary results:
Forehand is a SB281 co-sponsor.
Jennie M. Forehand 4129
Cheryl C. Kagan 3773
Margin: 356 votes.
Manno is a SB281 co-sponsor.
Roger P. Manno 5892
Mike Lenett 5020
Margin: 872 votes
Luedtke is a co-sponsor of HB 294
Eric Luedtke 3696
Jodi Finkelstein 3154 – closest challenger
Margin: 542 votes
Kelley is a co-sponsor of HB 294
Ariana Kelly 5129
Kyle Lierman 4773- closest challenger
Margin: 356 votes