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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Press Release: Citizen Delivers over 20,000 Pages of Testimony in Opposition to O’Mallys Gun Grabbing Agenda
Today, Delegate Don Dwyer received and delivered to the House Judiciary Committee, about 20 thousand sheets of written testimony submitted by Mr. Mike Endzel of Easton on behalf of citizens opposing the many gun ban bills being heard on Friday March 1st, including HB 294 the Governor’s so called “Firearms Safety Act”
Mr. Endzel and Chris Dingler created a website www.nationalbands.com to provide a venue for people who are not able to come to Annapolis in person, to submit written testimony for what has become a galvanizing issue for many Marylanders.
Mr. Endzel had not previously participated in the Legislative process, but was moved to do so because of this issue and had come to Annapolis on February 6 along with close to 4,000 other citizens. He said that his inspiration for the idea came after he stood in line to sign up to testify for over 5 hours but in the end was not afforded the opportunity to speak. Mr. Endzel said that he received emails from disabled veterans who stated that they would not be physically capable of coming to Annapolis to testify in person, thanking him for providing a means to have their voice heard. Mr. Endzel committed to printing the required 70 copies at his own cost and delivering the testimonies to Delegate Dwyer.
“I think it is a wonderful thing he has done. The Legislature has never before seen the amount of emails, phone calls and people out in opposition to these “gun control” bills. I commend Mike for what he has done to help give people a voice in the process.” Said Delegate Dwyer
You numbered so many that they had to close the building for safety reasons at the request of DGS Police and State Police because of the fire code capacity.
This has never happened in Annapolis! And you all did it!
I want to assure each of you that came and signed in but was not able to speak- your name is recorded and entered in the record as opposing this legislation. Please do not go away with the thought that because you couldn’t testify, your voice was not heard, or that your time was wasted. More than individual testimony, it was critically important that you show up in solid numbers, you did and your voice was heard!
I will call on you again- this is not a one day fight, but an ongoing battle. These bills and many others will be heard in the House of Delegates and I will contact you when the date of the hearing is announced. We need each of you to come back and bring more people. We can show them that we won’t back down defending our civil rights.
Don H. Dwyer, Jr.
Many Marylanders’ (mainly staunch conservatives) have expressed to me their belief that there is no reason to stay in Maryland. This attitude permeates from a conviction that the politicians have ceased to care about the voters. They have come to feel that the hope of ever having politicians adhere to the Constitution is long gone.
Unfortunately, many elected officials do not even understand the basic rights of Marylanders’ as granted in the State Constitution. Worse yet, they pass legislation that directly violates citizens’ rights and freedoms. In some cases, this is simply because of ignorance; in other cases it is intentional with no regard for the Constitution.
All elected officials take an Oath of Office to uphold and defend the State and U.S. Constitutions. Sadly most have no idea what an Oath is. Many voters and elected officials alike are confused in their understanding of the Oath of Office, believing that the Oath is made to the people, as a promise to legislate wisely and justly.
The Oath that I took, when I was sworn in as a State Delegate each term is as follows:
I, Don Dwyer, Jr. do swear and affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States; and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of Maryland, and support the Constitution and Laws thereof; and that I will, to the best of my skill and judgment, diligently and faithfully, without partiality or prejudice, execute the office of State Delegate according to the Constitution and Laws of this State, that I will not directly or indirectly, receive the profits or any part of the profits of any other office during the term of my acting as Delegate.
Webster’s Dictionary (1828) defines an Oath:
A solemn affirmation or declaration, made with an appeal to God for the truth of what is affirmed. The appeal to God in an oath implies that the person imprecates his vengeance and renounces his favor if the declaration is false, or if the declaration is a promise, the person invokes the vengeance of God if he should fail to fulfill it. A false oath is called perjury.
The Oath of Office is a declaration to God, that the words in the oath be true. The oath is an affirmation to be held accountable by God, should the Oath be broken.
In order that the rights of all Maryland Citizens may be protected in the future, I am introducing legislation that will require that every elected official in the state, take a limited class prior to being sworn in, that covers;
A) Upholding the Oath of office.
B) A primer on the Maryland Declaration of Rights.
C) A primer on the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
Encourage your elected representatives to support this legislation and to defend your rights under the State Constitution.
The following are bills that I personally sponsored during the 2010 legislative session. Every bill was killed by the Democrat majority that controls Maryland. Enjoy reading the list for common sense pro Constitution legislation. Click on the links to go to each bill’s summary page.
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Aumann, Bates, Beitzel, Boteler, Burns, Costa, DeBoy, Eckardt, Elliott, Frank, George, Haddaway, Howard, Impallaria, Jameson, Jennings, King, Kipke, Krebs, Love, McComas, McConkey, McDonough, Minnick, Montgomery, Norman, O’Donnell, Schuh, Serafini, Shank, Shewell, Smigiel, Sophocleus, Sossi, Stocksdale, Stukes, Stull, Vaughn, Waldstreicher, Weir, and Wood
Entitled Hunting and Fishing – Veterans – Complimentary Licenses
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Aumann, Bates, Boteler, Burns, Costa, Elliott, Impallaria, Jennings, King, Kipke, Krebs, McConkey, Miller, Minnick, O’Donnell, Schuh, Shank, Shewell, and Stocksdale
Entitled Maryland Personhood Amendment
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Aumann, Bates, Beitzel, Boteler, Burns, Costa, Eckardt, Elliott, Elmore, Frank, George, Haddaway, Jenkins, Jennings, King, Kipke, Krebs, McComas, Myers, Norman, O’Donnell, Schuh, Serafini, Shank, Shewell, Sossi, Stocksdale, and Stull
Entitled Maryland’s Marriage Protection Act
Committee Assignments House: Judiciary
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Beidle, Costa, Frush, George, King, Kipke, Love, McConkey, Pena-Melnyk, Schuh, and Sophocleus
Entitled Anne Arundel County – Drug-Free Zones Pilot Program - Recreation Areas
Committee Assignments House: Judiciary
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Anderson, Barnes, Beidle, Boteler, Bronrott, Carter, Conaway, Costa, Dumais, Eckardt, Frank, Heller, Hubbard, Jennings, Kach, Kelly, Kipke, Kramer, Krebs, Levi, McComas, McConkey, Olszewski, Pena-Melnyk, Riley, Robinson, Rosenberg, Schuh, Shank, Shewell, Simmons, Smigiel, Sophocleus, Sossi, Valderrama, Vallario, Waldstreicher, and Wood
Entitled Victims’ Rights – Fatal Vehicular Accident – Suspension of License
Committee Assignments House: Judiciary Passed / Senate Passed
The Governor killed it at bill signing
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Costa, George, King, Kipke, McDonough, and Schuh
Entitled Property Tax Credit – Property Leased to Nonprofit Schools
Committee Assignments House: Ways and Means Unfavorable
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Beidle, Kipke, Love, Schuh, and Sophocleus
Entitled Criminal Law – Statewide Definition of Criminal Gang Member
Committee Assignments House: Judiciary
Sponsored By Delegate Dwyer
Entitled Maryland’s Health Insurance Freedom Act
Committee Assignments House: House Rules and Executive Nominations
Sponsored By Delegates Dwyer, Aumann, Bates, Boteler, Eckardt, Frank, Haddaway, Impallaria, Jennings, Kach, Krebs, McConkey, McDonough, Miller, Norman, Shewell, Smigiel, Sossi, and Stocksdale
Entitled Articles of Impeachment of Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler Committee
Assignments House: Judiciary