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SB 281 - Amends Firearms Regulations - Key Vote

Maryland Key Votes

Thomas Miller, Jr. voted Yea (Concurrence Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Amends Firearms Regulations

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (28-19) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Firearms Regulations

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to repass a bill, after having concurred with House amendments thereto, that expands firearm regulations, effective October 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Secretary of State Police to conduct a state and national criminal history records check and submit a complete set of fingerprints for each applicant for a handgun qualification license (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits an individual from manufacturing, selling, offering for sale, purchasing, receiving or transferring a detachable magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits an individual from transporting, possessing, selling, offering for sale, purchasing or receiving assault weapons (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes an individual to own an "assault weapon" if he or she possesses, has a purchase order for, or completes an application to purchase the assault weapons before October 1, 2013 (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “assault weapon” as a firearm including, but not limited to, the following characteristics and features (Sec. 1):
    • a semiautomatic centerfire rifle with a fixed magazine capable of accepting more than 10 rounds or longer than 29 inches;
    • a folding stock;
    • a grenade or flare launcher; or
    • a flash suppressor.
  • Prohibits an individual from owning a firearm under the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • The individual has been voluntarily committed to a mental health facility for more than 30 consecutive days; or
    • The individual has been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility. 
  • Requires individuals to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 72 hours after the individual first discovers the loss or theft (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (78-61) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Firearms Regulations

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands firearm regulations, effective October 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Secretary of State Police to conduct a state and national criminal history records check and submit a complete set of fingerprints for each applicant for a handgun qualification license (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits an individual from manufacturing, selling, offering for sale, purchasing, receiving or transferring a detachable magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits an individual from transporting, possessing, selling, offering for sale, purchasing or receiving assault weapons (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes an individual to own an "assault weapon" if he or she possesses, has a purchase order for, or completes an application to purchase the assault weapons before October 1, 2013 (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “assault weapon” as a firearm including, but not limited to, the following characteristics and features (Sec. 1):
    • a semiautomatic centerfire rifle with a fixed magazine capably of accepting more than 10 rounds or longer than 29 inches;
    • a folding stock;
    • a grenade or flare launcher; or
    • a flash suppressor.
  • Prohibits an individual from owning a firearm under the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • The individual has been voluntarily committed to a mental health facility for more than 30 consecutive days; or
    • The individual has been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility. 
  • Requires individuals to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 72 hours after the individual first discovers the loss or theft (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (28-19) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Firearms Regulations

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that defines "assault weapon", prohibits gun ownership for mentally ill individuals, and expands firearms training course requirements, effective October 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Defines an “assault weapon” as any semiautomatic centerfire rifle, shotgun, or pistol with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds and characteristics including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):
    • Folding or telescoping stock; 
    • Flash suppressor;
    • Forward pistol grip; or
    • Pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the weapon.
  • Authorizes firearm manufacturers to continue production of assault weapons in the state, provided the manufacturer sells the assault weapon out of state (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes an individual to lawfully possess an assault weapon purchased before October 1, 2013, provided the individual registers the assault weapon before January 1, 2014 (Sec. 1).
  • Requires handgun license applicants to submit an application with the following requirements to the Secretary of the State Police, including, but not limited to (Sec. 1):
    • A fingerprint scan;
    • Background check;
    • An application fee of $25; and
    • Proof of successful completion of an approved firearms training course.
  • Requires handgun license applicants to complete a firearms training course that includes the following (Sec. 1):
    • Minimum of 4 hours instruction by a qualified handgun instructor;
    • Classroom instruction on state firearm law, home firearm safety, handgun mechanisms and operation; and
    • A firearm qualification component to demonstrate proficiency and use of the firearm. 
  • Specifies that a handgun license is valid for 10 years after issuance (Sec. 1).
  • Requires shotgun or rifle license applicants to complete the following requirements (Sec. 1):
    • A firearms training course as outlined above;
    • For the initial application, a minimum of 16 hours of instruction by a qualified instructor; and
    • For renewal applications, a minimum of 8 hours of instruction by a qualified instructor.
  • Prohibits an individual from receiving a firearm license if the individual (Sec. 1):
    • Has been committed involuntarily to a state mental facility;
    • Committed voluntarily to a state mental facility for more than 30 consecutive days before October 1, 2013, unless a physician certifies the individual is not a danger to themselves or others;
    • Is not subject to a current protection order;
    • Has been declared incompetent to stand trial; or
    • Was found to be not responsible for a crime by reason of insanity.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Amends Firearms Regulations

Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A BILL PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNOR AND/OR AGENCIES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, AND THEREFORE THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, MINORITY LEADER, OR COMMITTEE CHAIR ARE LISTED AS AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR, BUT IT IS NOT A PROPOSAL OFFERED BY THOSE OFFICIALS.

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