O’Malley to lay out new gun-control legislation for Maryland

posted at 11:31 am on January 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The population in general might be fine with the nation’s current gun laws, but of course, individual states don’t necessarily have the kind of consensus-building problems that Congress faces in terms of enacting gun-control legislation, and New York isn’t the only state looking to move forward with aggressive new proposals. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has a predominantly Democratic legislature on his side in Annapolis, and is looking to introduce a package of strict new gun measures later this week, via WaPo:

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will seek to institute some of the nation’s strictest gun-licensing requirements, ban assault weapons and restrict visitor access to schools in one of the most expansive government responses sought to last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Perhaps most controversially, O’Malley (D) will ask the General Assembly to force prospective gun owners to provide fingerprints to state police, complete a hands-on weapon-familiarization and gun-safety course, and undergo a background check to be licensed. …

“This looks like crass opportunism from politicians who want gun control,” said House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell (R-Calvert), who would need to peel off support from several Democrats to derail O’Malley’s plans.

“The reality is Martin O’Malley is trying to get to the left of Cuomo in New York because he wants to run for president in 2016,” O’Donnell said.

O’Malley seems like one of the few viable sureties for the Democrats’ 2016 bench, so no doubt he’ll be looking to make a name for himself and at least keep up with possible rival New York Gov. Cuomo on that front.

Meanwhile, Biden is supposed to formally introduce his special task force’s gun-related findings and proposals this week as well, and while ideas like a revival on an assault-weapons ban would need Congressional approval, here’s a hint of some of the things they’re looking to achieve through executive administration only:

Nearly 80,000 Americans were denied guns in 2010, according to Justice Department data, because they lied or provided inaccurate information about their criminal histories on background-check forms. Yet only 44 of those people were charged with a crime.

The staggeringly low number of prosecutions for people who “lie and try,” as it is called by law enforcement officials, is being studied by the Obama administration as it considers measures to curb gun violence after the Connecticut elementary school shootings in December. …

In the face of those difficulties, the White House has said it is looking for actions it can take without Congressional approval. Increasing the number of prosecutions for lying on background-check forms is an effort that the administration can undertake largely on its own, in part by pressing federal prosecutors to pursue such cases. It is also one measure that both sides of the gun-control debate have agreed upon.

 


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In 2004, 11,000 people were prosecuted for the gun crimes.

Since Obama took office gun prosecutions have dropped more than 45%.

Washington Nearsider on January 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Reason 1001 to not live in a blue state.

chemman on January 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

This should make Baltimore safe again.

All in the game yo.

/The Wire

CorporatePiggy on January 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM

In 2004, 11,000 people were prosecuted for the gun crimes.

Since Obama took office gun prosecutions have dropped more than 45%.

Washington Nearsider on January 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Wasn’t the AWB in place in 2004?

JohnGalt23 on January 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Ray Lewis and his crew, hardest hit.

VegasRick on January 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Bad guys for the win.

CW on January 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Sorry… way too strong.

New York reaches deal to limit magazines to seven rounds

Washington Nearsider on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Liberals deserve to be governed (and the consequences) by the liberals they elect. Blue states are going broke and their citizens are having their rights eroded.

cajunpatriot on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Perhaps most controversially, O’Malley (D) will ask the General Assembly to force prospective gun owners to provide fingerprints to state police, complete a hands-on weapon-familiarization and gun-safety course, and undergo a background check to be licensed

I see how this will influence the street criminal in forgoing his illegal ways and curtailing gun violence against law-abiding citizens./sarc

As we all know, this only affects the average citizen, not the criminal. What a joke! History and numbers have no affect on these clowns…amazing.

Patriot Vet on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Wow … democrats sure aren’t shy about showing their totalitarian streak.

JFK would have treated current democrats as outright communists seeking to overthrow the US Constitution. Today they’re considered to be ordinary democrats.

I really wish the Republicans would grow some balls and start attacking these thugs for what they are. Democrats = communists

darwin on January 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

“If you like your gun, you can keep your gun.” — B. Hussein O.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

As we all know, this only affects the average citizen, not the criminal. What a joke! History and numbers have no affect on these clowns…amazing.

Patriot Vet on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Of course, the same with “gun free zones”. Psychopaths and criminals ignore laws.

darwin on January 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM

In 2004, 11,000 people were prosecuted for the gun crimes.

Since Obama took office gun prosecutions have dropped more than 45%.

Washington Nearsider on January 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

No big mystery. Most of those gun crimes are committed by Obama supporters. Obummer doesn’t want to disenfranchise his constituents.

HotAirian on January 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Sorry… way too strong.

New York reaches deal to limit magazines to seven rounds

Washington Nearsider on January 14, 2013 at 11:44 AM

My XDM 9mm with it’s 19 round magazines says “come and get it”.

VegasRick on January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

So glad I left Maryland and came to a state that requires less for a CCW permit (which isn’t actually necessary to concealed carry legally) than these proposals entail simply to purchase a handgun.

Sgt Steve on January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

O’Malley to lay out new gun-control legislation for Maryland

If this isn’t OMalleys new gun law (Time for a Mandatory Federal Firearms Law, Enter the Affordable Firearms Act.), then O’Malley can FOAD and go right straight to hell.

SWalker on January 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Whatever. God Bless Texas!
*Speaking of which…I applied for my CC permit a short while ago. FREEDOM!*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Get out there and buy your AR-15 now – don’t wait – don’t ask why – just do it.

jake-the-goose on January 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

New York limits magazines to SEVEN rounds!

Washington Nearsider on January 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Connecticut wants to limit firearms to ONE ROUND.

Rebar on January 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Of course, the same with “gun free zones”. Psychopaths and criminals ignore laws.

darwin on January 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM

So true. Here is something that could protect schools right away, and it has been around for years.

Shatter Safe

Here are all the different bullets that they shot at a window that had Shatter Safe applied to it. They also have video of someone trying to break into a car. Amazing stuff.

Maybe they should be looking into ways of actually protecting children from this occurance rather than using the death of 20 children as a political tool. Who am I kidding….that is all that the Left does….can’t have a crisis go to waste now can we.

Patriot Vet on January 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Get out there and buy your AR-15 now – don’t wait – don’t ask why – just do it.

jake-the-goose on January 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

My sons and I were at Walmart last night and the gun counter was not only completely empty but they did not even have an employee working the counter and the phone was ringing off the hook. Bought some more ammo at CTD yesterday and they have NO magazines that hold more than 10 rounds available even for backorder.

VegasRick on January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Connecticut wants to limit firearms to ONE ROUND.

Rebar on January 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I am f@cking speechless! A constitutional lawyer is going to have a field day with that one.

Patriot Vet on January 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

My sons and I were at Walmart last night and the gun counter was not only completely empty but they did not even have an employee working the counter and the phone was ringing off the hook. Bought some more ammo at CTD yesterday and they have NO magazines that hold more than 10 rounds available even for backorder.

VegasRick on January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

I have read similar accounts all over the place – the demand is through the roof. Auctions prices are sky rocketing – on weapons – and especially on ammo.

An armed America is a safer America.

jake-the-goose on January 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Oh, great, paper-keeping errors. THAT will put a real crimp in the activities of violent criminals. Why doesn’t the White House try the radical approach of actually prosecuting felons with guns, which is already a federal crime? This is something that has been tried on limited scale and proven to reduce crime, as opposed to an “assault weapon” ban which has proven to not.

The truth is that arresting, prosecuting, and jailing criminals is hard work, expensive, and sometimes dangerous. It’s much easier to ruin people’s lives because they checked the wrong box or forgot some old parking tickets, and then keep collecting you salary for pushing a few buttons. That’s more Barry’s style.

Socratease on January 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

VegasRick on January 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Last week Spawn and I were at the gun shop where I bought my handgun, and except for a few pistols and some VERY old rifles…the shelves/cases were bare.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I have read similar accounts all over the place – the demand is through the roof. Auctions prices are sky rocketing – on weapons – and especially on ammo.

An armed America is a safer America.

jake-the-goose on January 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Yep.

VegasRick on January 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Maybe you don’t know how this works.

In Mass., first it was go to the police in town, pay a nominal fee, fill out a form and have your criminal record examined. Then get an FID (firearms identification) card. Great, done. Go buy a shot gun etc.

Next thing, you must get “booked” with a photo and fingerprints just like a criminal. Further, the privilege must be renewed annually for 100 bucks a pop.

New applicants must go through a course now.

This is a Progressives dream. Turn a right into a controlled privilege, discourage new owners with fees and aggravation and as an added bonus, more cash goes to the state house.

FOWG1 on January 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

So glad I left Maryland and came to a state that requires less for a CCW permit (which isn’t actually necessary to concealed carry legally) than these proposals entail simply to purchase a handgun.

Sgt Steve on January 14, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I understand that it’s nearly impossible to get a CCW permit in MD. Even law enforcement and military personnel can’t get them.

I had to jump through hoops to get one in my home state of Delaware, but I got it. The state of Florida reciprocates with Delaware from what I have been told, so the easier way to carry legally in Delaware is to get a Florida permit.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Connecticut wants to limit firearms to ONE ROUND.

Rebar on January 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

How does the good old dicatator of that state propose to get around their state constitution, which reads:

SEC. 15. Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.

It’s kind of hard to defend the state with a muzzle loading gun when the attacking enemy has a semi-auto or fully-auto weapon. He is going to have to amend the state constitution to avoid a battle in state, or federal, court.

Here is how my state of Virginia states it in their constitution:

Section 13. Militia; standing armies; military subordinate to civil power.
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed

Also, 10 USC CHAPTER 13 states that there is an unorganized militia, comprised of the people age 18 – 45.

Sec. 311. Militia: composition and classes

-STATUTE-
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are –
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

So, WE THE PEOPLE are the milita; all free persons in the country within that age range (which I think should be changed to include all US citizens) are the militia as well. But we all know that this administration doesn’t obey any laws that it thinks it doesn’t have to.

Patriot Vet on January 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

We’re headed to CO this summer. TX reciprocates with CO. *It’s also going to be great fun watching my uber-lefty sister-in-law’s head spin when I inform her that I have-by then-a TX CC permit.*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I was born and raised in MD. I lived originally right outside DC, but moved to the Eastern Shore after marriage. Most people on this side of the Chesapeake own several firearms, pistols included. Yet we almost never have anyone shot here. I have been on the Eastern Shore for 13 years, my children all shoot pistols and long guns alike. With what O’malley is planning I have had it. Taxes are up again, fees are up again, CCW permits are impossible to get, and the wife wants a bigger house. We are now only looking in VA and WVA (I work in DC and need to be within an hour or so). I love my state dearly but WE ARE SICK OF THIS NONSENSE!!!!!!!!!!AMF O’malley and friends!

Greenshield on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Maryland is the “Old Line” state. Too bad most Americans have no clue what that means. They probably think it’s a Mason-Dixon reference.

SMH.

Christien on January 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

No! They are using the ‘boiling frog’ approach. This year, get people to accept a seven-round limit…next year, five-rounds…etc.

I just published an analysis of The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of rights (available at Amazon, B&N, and http://www.rongoulden.com/Literary.htm ) Nowhere does it say, indicate, or imply that the component elements of the Bill of Rights can be restricted, altered, or revoked by legislative action, judicial review, or Executive Orders.

Tyrants always want the common people disarmed. People need to stop believing the media and start thinking for themselves. There are three kinds of people; predators, victims, and survivors…you need to make your decision as to which you will be.

xmanvietnam on January 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

An AK-47 75-round drum magazine, identical to the one I paid $24.95 for in 1988, is going for $300 on GunsAmerica Meanwhile, according to Gateway Pundit, Americans have bought enough guns in the last two months to outfit the entire Chinese and Indian armies. Somehow this doesn’t strike me as a populace that is clamoring for gun control.

Tyrone Slothrop on January 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

My CHL class was a blast, most of the folks in it were combat vets of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Good people good times.

Rebar on January 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Greenshield on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Come to Delaware! We’re a lot more gun friendly than Maryland, and no sales tax! Income tax rates are probably a little higher here, though. And you’ll have to commute to the Eastern Shore.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Yeah, Maryland is a “may issue” state for concealed carry, but they rarely do so for ordinary citizens.

I call Arizona home now, which has constitutional carry. You don’t even need a permit to carry, concealed or otherwise. The permit requires the carrier to have firearms training, but also that military qualification constitutes adequate knowledge.

Only reason I’m getting a permit is for reciprocity. Most of America honors an AZ permit.

Sgt Steve on January 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I guess if Romney taught us anything, it’s that statist overreach at the state level is conservative.

besser tot als rot on January 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM

My CHL class was a blast, most of the folks in it were combat vets of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Good people good times.

Rebar on January 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM

I’m getting finger-printed next Monday.
Cozmo has been naggin’ me to get it done.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I think we’ll see the eastern shore secede from Maryland. I wonder if we’ll get two GOP Senators from the newly-created East Maryland.

Odysseus on January 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has a predominantly Democratic legislature on his side in Annapolis, and is looking to introduce a package of strict new gun measures later this week

…so we can expect for mass murders… to start occuring in Maryland now?

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I’m getting finger-printed next Monday.
Cozmo has been naggin’ me to get it done.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The way things are going, sooner rather than later would be better.

Rebar on January 14, 2013 at 12:36 PM

The first politician who openly, on air during national interview or press conference, accuses Barky of treason and calls for impeachment as based on multiple violations of his oath of office gets a hefty contribution check from me.

Five… four… three… guess my money is safe.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Rebar on January 14, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Monday’s the earliest ava.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

In the name of the Republic, I completely support Virginia’s right to pass whatever laws they see fit for their state. I don’t have a dog in that hunt.

We should all fight tooth and nail to keep this issue out of the Fed’s purview. They have already encroached way too much (e.g. abortion, health care, education).

connertown on January 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Guess O’Malley figures those with mental health issues are okay as long as they provide fingerprints prior to purchasing weapons.

GarandFan on January 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Connecticut wants to limit firearms to ONE ROUND.

Rebar on January 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

If I ever lived in a state that did that and didn’t have the option to move, I’d just carry the biggest, baddest gun I could find. F ‘em. Evidently they really do want a civil_war.

The Count on January 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Greenshield on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Wife and I went biking along the eastern shore last summer – couldn’t believe I was actually in MD. Anti-Obama signs everywhere. It felt like home.

The Count on January 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

If law enforcement says they need to carry 17 rounds for self-defense, then how can the FED (or ANY state for that matter) say that YOU only get to carry 7 or 10 rounds for self-defense? The Constitution says “A well armed militia” which in any stretch of the imagination means having equal bullet capacity as a simple beat cop.

RedManBlueState on January 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I’d just carry the biggest, baddest gun I could find.

The Count on January 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

A carry permit in Connecticut?

Only if you’re part of the ruling class.

Rebar on January 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

This should be interesting. A good percentage of Maryland is military.

Socmodfiscon on January 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

I have a number stuck in my head of how many incidents of gun violence this new policy will prevent… Zero.

supersport667 on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Come to Delaware! We’re a lot more gun friendly than Maryland… UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

To get a concealed weapon permit in DE you must take a $375 gun safety course, get five people to swear in writing that you aren’t crazy, and put an ad in the paper telling the world your name and address and that you want to apply for a CWP unless anyone anywhere has an objection. This often results in burglaries where only guns are stolen.

Akzed on January 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Move.

Bmore on January 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Re: Rebar

A carry permit in Connecticut?

Only if you’re part of the ruling class.

My standard CT handgun permit is conceal-carry.

Logic on January 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Last week Spawn and I were at the gun shop where I bought my handgun, and except for a few pistols and some VERY old rifles…the shelves/cases were bare.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Does that include Tasmanian Gun Co over on 34th?
I haven’t been there since Thanksgiving but they were loaded with stuff then.

TXChas on January 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Wife and I went biking along the eastern shore last summer – couldn’t believe I was actually in MD. Anti-Obama signs everywhere. It felt like home.

The Count on January 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Yeah, I’m from Maryland (moved out of state a few years ago) and the area I grew up in is very red. It’s all red other than the DC suburbs and Baltimore and the areas in between.

Fezzik on January 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

“’If our actions result in saving only one life, they’re worth taking,’” Biden said at a meeting of victims and gun control proponents at the White House last week.

====================

Can you believe that blowhard rolled out that worn out and pathetic line? I’m surprised he didn’t add “Let’s do it for the children”.

These people are bad, very, very bad.

JackM on January 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

TXChas on January 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I’d never heard of them until just now.
We were @ LSG Tactical Arms. *Also on 34th*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

We’re headed to CO this summer. TX reciprocates with CO. *It’s also going to be great fun watching my uber-lefty sister-in-law’s head spin when I inform her that I have-by then-a TX CC permit.*

annoyinglittletwerp
on January 14, 2013 at 12:19 PM

.
Do you have a wireless phone that “records”?

You could share her reaction with the group! … : )

listens2glenn on January 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Maryland already has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.

It also has the fourth highest murder rate, behind New Mexico, Mississippi and Louisiana. Maybe he’s O’Malley is trying to make it to number 1!!!

Tough on crime, indeed.

PetecminMd on January 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

TXChas on January 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

.
I’d never heard of them until just now.
We were @ LSG Tactical Arms. *Also on 34th*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

.
Were any of those “older rifles” @ LSG Tactical Arms, Savage M99s?

listens2glenn on January 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Were any of those “older rifles” @ LSG Tactical Arms, Savage M99s?

listens2glenn on January 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I don’t remember them having any 99′s. I’ve got 2 , .243 and 300 Savage , so I tend to notice ALL 99′s.

TXChas on January 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Patriot Vet on January 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

WOOT!!! Someone else finally quoted their state constitution regarding who makes up the militia! THANK YOU!

dominigan on January 14, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Did Erika seriously refer to kook-fringe asswipe O’Malley as “viable”?

Jaibones on January 14, 2013 at 3:57 PM

I once saw o’malley drunk off his arse, face covered in vomit, crawling down the sidewalk at Fells Point. Escorted by two city cops, on he crawled cursing everyone in his path.

wolly4321 on January 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Presidential Wannabe. He’s ruining Maryland for his own political power grab.

Christian Conservative on January 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM