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GUN RELATED LEGISLATION AT THE
MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering gun control legislation and other related bills. Read more information by clicking on the bills below and lend your voice to the conversation by testifying to the bill sponsors and committees which are hearing the bills. 

*Disclaimer: These bills are NOT under consideration by the Howard County Council and as such, no testimony is being accepted by the Council. In an effort to promote transparency, this information is being shared by my office so you can stay informed and be an important part of this process as it unfolds in Annapolis. 

Bill Sponsor of Legisation  Summary of Proposed Legislation
 HB23 Delegate Long Requiring the Baltimore County Superintendent of Schools to conduct active assailant event training for school personnel in Baltimore County each school year; requiring the Baltimore County Superintendent to require certain public schools to hold an active assailant event drill three times each school year; requiring certain training and drills to comply with guidelines established by the United States Department of Homeland Security or be consistent with available best practices; etc.

HB29
 (SB27)

Delegate Rey Authorizing a person to apply for preliminary approval of a handgun permit without completing a certified firearms training course; requiring the Secretary to investigate an application for a handgun permit; requiring the Secretary to issue preliminary approval for a handgun permit if the applicant meets certain requirements except the required certified firearms training course; requiring an applicant to satisfy a certain firearm training requirement within 120 days after receipt of preliminary approval; etc.
HB101
 (SB197)
Speaker Altering penalties for certain crimes relating to firearms; adding certain crimes relating to firearms to a certain definition of "crime of violence"; and adding certain crimes relating to firearms as predicate crimes under a certain prohibition against possessing a regulated firearm by a person previously convicted of certain crimes.
HB119 Delegate Clark Authorizing an individual who holds a Deer Management Permit in Calvert County to use a shotgun or breech loading center fired rifle approved by the Department of Natural Resources to hunt deer throughout the year, including all deer hunting seasons, in the locations and under the conditions set forth in the permit; and authorizing a permit holder in Calvert County to hunt deer on certain State lands under certain conditions.
HB398 Delegate Saab Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police find that a person has a good and substantial reason to carry, wear, or transport a handgun before issuing a handgun permit to the person.
HB402
 (SB448)
Delegate A. Miller Applying certain provisions disqualifying a person from possessing a rifle or shotgun to an antique firearm; etc.
HB432
 (SB545)
Delegate Lierman Establishing the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Program Fund to provide funds to local governments to implement evidence-based or evidence-informed health programs and to evaluate the efficacy of evidence-based and evidence-informed health programs; requiring the Governor to annually appropriate at least $5,000,000 to the Fund; establishing the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Council; etc.
HB466 Delegate Ali Requiring a manufacturer that ships or transports a handgun for sale, rental, or transfer in Baltimore City to ensure that when ammunition is fired from the handgun, the handgun operates in a manner that includes copying the characters onto the shell casing of the ammunition by means of microstamping, and to certify to licensees that the handgun is capable of microstamping; requiring a certain licensee to report to the Baltimore Police Department at a certain time that a certain manufacturer has complied with a certain requirement; etc.
HB534 Delegate Grammer Providing that a person may not be denied the right to purchase, own, possess, or carry a firearm solely on the basis that the person is a certain qualifying patient; defining the term "qualifying patient" to mean a person who is authorized under certain provisions of law to use medical cannabis; prohibiting a State agency from accessing a certain database to obtain certain information; prohibiting a State agency from inquiring about a person's status as a certain qualifying patient for a certain purpose; etc.
HB636 Delegate Vogt Expanding to apply statewide the prohibition against the Department of Natural Resources restricting licensed bow hunters from carrying a handgun under certain circumstances.
HB647 Delegate Reilly Clarifying that personal protection or self-defense can qualify as a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for purposes of the issuance by the Secretary of State Police of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.
HB692 Delegate Clippinger Authorizing the State, in a criminal case involving the unlawful possession of a handgun or regulated firearm, to appeal from a decision of a trial court that excludes evidence offered by the State or requires the return of property alleged to have been seized in violation of certain constitutional provisions.
HB724
 (SB604)
Western Maryland Delegation Authorizing, in Allegany County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Garrett County, and Washington County, a certain law enforcement unit to sell, exchange, or transfer certain forfeited firearms to a federally licensed firearms dealer under certain circumstances.
HB730 Delegate Mosby Providing that, for certain purposes, the term "transfer" does not include the temporary gratuitous exchange of a handgun between two individuals who remain in the same location for the duration of the exchange.
HB739 Delegate Krebs Exempting retired federal and out-of-state law enforcement officers who reside in Maryland from being charged an application fee for a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.
HB756 Delegate Mosby Requiring the Maryland State Police Gun Center to create and maintain a handgun trace information database containing information regarding seized or recovered handguns used in the commission of a crime in the State; requiring certain information to be included in the database; and requiring the database to be open to the public.
HB757 Delegate Mosby Requiring a certain law enforcement agency that seized or recovered a handgun used in the commission of a crime to submit a trace request to the Maryland State Police Gun Center or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Tracing Center as soon as practicable after the seizure or recovery of a certain handgun.
HB758 Delegate Szeliga Authorizing a person who has the consent of a bona fide church or religious organization to carry a handgun on the property of the church or religious organization during certain events and has the intent to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for certain purposes on the property of the church or religious organization to, without a permit, carry a handgun on the property of the church or religious organization during certain events and transport a handgun to and from certain church or religious organization events ; etc.
HB760 Delegate Impallaria Authorizing a county board to authorize school employees in the county board's school system to carry a handgun on school property only if the handgun is secured on the person's body; requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun permit to a person who is otherwise qualified and who is a school employee in a certain school system; etc.
HB792 Delegate Malone Altering the time period in which a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun expires from 2 to 5 years after the date that the permit is issued; and altering the time period for renewal of a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun.
HB813 Delegate Mosby Altering the purpose of the Community Program Fund to include a study of the enforcement and effects of State firearm laws; requiring that, in fiscal years 2019 and 2020, $100,000 from the Fund be used to provide grants for a comprehensive study of the enforcement and effects of certain firearm laws; requiring the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to establish a process for the award of grant funds; etc.
HB819
 (SB741)
Delegate Atterbeary Altering the process by which a person who is denied a certain handgun permit or renewal of a permit or whose permit is revoked or limited by the Secretary of State Police or the Secretary's designee may appeal the decision; repealing provisions of law relating to the Handgun Permit Review Board; providing that appeals from a certain decision by the Secretary or the Secretary's designee may be made to the Office of Administrative Hearings by filing a written request with the Secretary; etc.
HB825 Delegate Rey Clarifying that the term "disqualifying crime" includes a violation classified as a misdemeanor in the State that carried a statutory penalty of incarceration of more than 2 years at the time of the commission of the crime.
HB888
 (SB707)
Delegate Moon Prohibiting a person from transporting a certain rapid fire trigger activator into the State or manufacturing, possessing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing, or receiving a certain rapid fire trigger activator; defining "rapid fire trigger activator" as any device, part, or combination of devices or parts that is designed and functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a firearm beyond the standard rate of fire for firearms that are not so equipped, including a bump stock and trigger crank; etc.
HB890 Delegate Malone Altering the parole eligibility of a certain inmate who has been sentenced to the Division of Correction after being convicted of a violent crime involving a firearm committed on or after October 1, 2018.
HB904 Delegate B. Barnes Altering a certain exception relating to law enforcement officers to the prohibition on carrying certain weapons on public school property; prohibiting the carrying or possession of certain firearms on the property of public institutions of higher education; requiring a public institution of higher education to post certain signs in prominent locations on the property; requiring the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland to incorporate into its bylaws, policies, and procedures the current weapons practice; etc.
HB919 Delegate Saab Repealing the requirement that an applicant complete a certain firearms training course prior to a renewal of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun; altering the term of a renewal permit; and limiting the number of times that a permit may be renewed.
HB991
 (SB1062)
Baltimore City Delegation Prohibiting a person from possessing a certain detachable magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition; prohibiting a person from possessing a regulated firearm if the person was previously convicted of a certain crime involving possessing, owning, carrying, or transporting a firearm after having been convicted of a certain other crime; and applying certain penalties.
HB1029 Delegate Branch Prohibiting a court from suspending any part of certain sentences for certain persons who have previously been convicted of certain offenses; clarifying that certain sentences are mandatory minimum sentences; and providing that certain persons are not eligible for parole during mandatory minimum sentences, with a certain exception.
HB1031
  (SB860)
Delegate Dumais Providing that, for certain purposes, the term "transfer" includes a loan other than a temporary gratuitous exchange of a regulated firearm between two individuals who remain in the same location for the duration of the exchange.
HB1145 Delegate Rey Requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun permit within 30 calendar days after making a certain finding; reducing the period of time after which a person who has applied for a certain permit that has not been acted on by the Secretary may request a hearing before the Handgun Permit Review Board; reducing the period of time within which the Board is required to take certain steps after receiving a request to review a certain decision by the Secretary; etc.
HB1184 Delegate Beitzel Classifying the theft of a firearm as a felony; and establishing certain penalties for theft of a firearm.
HB1189
   (SB497)
Delegate Rey Requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun permit to a person who is otherwise qualified and is eligible for relief under a protective order, who is under the protection of an order for protection, or who is a petitioner under a peace order; requiring the Handgun Permit Review Board to review a certain record or conduct a certain hearing within 10 calendar days after receiving a request from a certain applicant; requiring the Board to sustain, reverse, or modify a certain decision under certain circumstances; etc.
HB1302 Delegate Valentino-Smith Authorizing certain persons to seek an ex parte lethal violence protective order by filing a petition alleging the respondent poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury or injury to others due to the accessibility of a firearm; requiring that certain records provided in a certain petition or considered as evidence in a proceeding under the Act be protected from public disclosure under certain circumstances; requiring a court to set a certain hearing no later than 14 days after receipt of a certain petition; etc.
HB1337 Delegate Rose Establishing a presumption that an applicant for a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun has a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun if the applicant is an active, reserve, or retired member of the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard.
HB1413 Delegate Saab Altering the requirements from a minimum of 16 hours to 8 hours of instruction by a qualified handgun instructor for firearms training courses that an initial applicant for a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun must successfully complete; and reducing from 8 to 4 the number of hours of instruction an applicant for renewal of a permit must successfully complete.
HB1431 Delegate Glass Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police find that a person has a good and substantial reason to carry, wear, or transport a handgun before issuing a handgun permit to the person.
HB1440 Delegate Glass Requiring a person who has been authorized to give a certain course in conservation and in competency and safety in the handling of firearms to be admitted to any State park without having to pay an entrance fee.
HB1441 Delegate Glass Providing that a person may not be denied the right to purchase, possess, or carry a firearm solely on the basis that the person is authorized to use medical cannabis.
HB1474 Delegate Miele Requiring the Motor Vehicle Administration to revoke a person's driver's license or privilege for 1 to 3 years if the person is convicted of carrying or possessing a firearm on school property under certain circumstances; requiring a court to notify a person that the person's driver's license or privilege shall be revoked for a conviction; requiring a court to notify the Administration of the conviction of certain persons for carrying or possessing a firearm on school property; etc.
HB1522 Delegate Morgan Specifying that a permit to carry a handgun issued to an individual in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., or West Virginia is valid in Maryland.
HB1534 Delegate S. Morgan Establishing that the Secretary of State Police is not required to submit certain fingerprints with a certain application for a criminal history records check under certain circumstances.
HB1538 Delegate Glass Repealing the authority of the Secretary of State Police to limit the geographic area, circumstances, or times of the day, week, month, or year in which a handgun permit is effective.
HB551 Delegate S. Howard Authorizing a person to replace a lost or broken assault weapon that was lawfully possessed in accordance with certain provisions of law if the replacement is registered with the Secretary of State Police.
HB1562 Delegate Gutierrez Requiring a temporary peace order and a final peace order to order the respondent to surrender to law enforcement authorities any firearm in the respondent's possession within a certain time frame and to refrain from possession of any firearm for the duration of the temporary peace order or the final peace order; requiring, instead of authorizing, a temporary protective order to order a certain respondent to surrender to law enforcement authorities any firearm in the respondent's possession within a certain time frame; etc.
HB1646
 (SB1036)
Delegate Atterbeary Requiring a State's Attorney to serve a certain notice on a certain defendant, defendant's counsel, and the court prior to trial or the acceptance of a plea of guilty or the equivalent of a plea of guilty; requiring a court to inform a defendant convicted of a certain offense that the defendant is prohibited from possessing a certain firearm under certain provisions of law; etc.
HB1659
   (SB789)
Delegate Otto Altering a provision of law to authorize a resident of this State who is eligible to purchase a rifle or shotgun under the laws of another state to purchase a rifle or shotgun from a federally licensed gun dealer in the other state, instead of limiting the purchase to an adjacent state; etc.
SB27
   (HB29)
Senator Hough Authorizing a person to apply for preliminary approval of a handgun permit without completing a certified firearms training course; requiring the Secretary of State Police to investigate an application for a handgun permit; requiring the Secretary to issue preliminary approval for a handgun permit if the applicant meets certain requirements except the certified firearms training course; requiring an applicant to satisfy a certain firearm training requirement within 120 days after receipt of preliminary approval; etc.
SB74 Senator Ramirez Prohibiting a person from transporting a certain bump stock into the State or manufacturing, possessing, using, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing, or receiving a certain bump stock; applying certain penalties; and establishing a certain penalty for using a bump stock in the commission of a certain crime.
SB99 Senator Norman Clarifying that personal protection or self-defense can qualify as a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for purposes of the issuance by the Secretary of State Police of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.
SB123 Senator Zirkin Prohibiting a person from possessing a regulated firearm, a rifle, or a shotgun if the person has been convicted of harassment.
SB125 Senator Zirkin Adding certain crimes relating to firearms to a certain list of crimes for which certain evidence may be gathered by, and a judge may grant an order authorizing, interception of oral, wire, or electronic communications.
SB126 Senator Zirkin Authorizing the State, in a criminal case involving the unlawful possession of a rifle, shotgun, or regulated firearm, to appeal from a decision of a trial court that excludes evidence offered by the State or requires the return of property alleged to have been seized in violation of certain constitutional provisions.
SB156 Senator Norman Requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun permit to a person who is otherwise qualified, has the consent of a bona fide church or religious organization to carry a handgun on the property of the church or religious organization during services and gatherings, and has the intent to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for purposes related to self-protection or the protection of others while on the property of the church or religious organization; etc.
SB196 Senator Hough Requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a certain handgun qualification license to a person who has been issued a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun without an additional application or fee.
SB197
  (HB101)
President Altering penalties for certain crimes relating to firearms; adding certain crimes relating to firearms to a certain definition of "crime of violence"; and adding certain crimes relating to firearms as predicate crimes under a certain prohibition against possessing a regulated firearm by a person previously convicted of certain crimes.
SB448
  (HB402)
Senator Feldman Applying certain provisions disqualifying a person from possessing a rifle or shotgun to an antique firearm; etc.
SB472 Senator Hough Altering the time period in which a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun expires to be 5 years after the issuance; and altering the time period for renewal of a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun to 5 years after the last renewal.
SB497
 (HB1189)
Senator Ready Requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun permit to a person who is otherwise qualified and who is a person eligible for relief under a protective order, who is under the protection of an order for protection, or who is a petitioner under a peace order; requiring the Handgun Permit Review Board to review a certain record or conduct a certain hearing within 10 calendar days after receiving a request from a certain applicant; requiring the Board to sustain, reverse or modify a certain decision under certain circumstances; etc.
SB545
  (HB432)
Senator Conway Establishing the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Program Fund to provide funds to local governments to implement evidence-based or evidence-informed health programs and to evaluate the efficacy of evidence-based and evidence-informed health programs; requiring the Governor to annually appropriate at least $5,000,000 to the Fund; establishing the Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Council; etc.


SB602

 

Senator Hough Providing that a person may not be denied the right to purchase, possess, or carry a firearm solely on the basis that the person is authorized to use medical cannabis.
SB604
  (HB724)
Senator Edwards Authorizing, in Allegany County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Garrett County, and Washington County, a certain law enforcement unit to sell, exchange, or transfer certain forfeited firearms to a federally licensed firearms dealer under certain circumstances.
SB707
  (HB888)
Senator Ramirez Prohibiting a person from transporting a certain rapid fire trigger activator into the State or manufacturing, possessing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing, or receiving a certain rapid fire trigger activator; defining "rapid fire trigger activator" as any device, part, or combination of devices or parts that is designed and functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a firearm beyond the standard rate of fire for firearms that are not so equipped, including a bump stock and trigger crank; etc.
SB741
  (HB819)
Senator Madaleno Altering the process by which a person who is denied a certain handgun permit or renewal of a permit or whose permit is revoked or limited by the Secretary of State Police or the Secretary's designee may appeal the decision; repealing provisions of law relating to the Handgun Permit Review Board; providing that appeals from a certain decision by the Secretary or the Secretary's designee may be made to the Office of Administrative Hearings by filing a written request with the Secretary; etc.
SB747 Senator Astle Prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from authorizing a holder or an agent of a holder of a Deer Management Permit to shoot or discharge a firearm at nighttime.
SB789
 (HB1659)
Senator Edwards Altering a provision of law to authorize a resident of this State who is eligible to purchase a rifle or shotgun under the laws of another state to purchase a rifle or shotgun from a federally licensed gun dealer in the other state, instead of limiting the purchase to an adjacent state; etc.
SB814 Senator Salling Clarifying that self-defense can qualify as a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for purposes of the issuance by the Secretary of State Police of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.
SB860
 (HB1031)
Senator Ferguson Providing that, for certain purposes, the term "transfer" includes a loan other than a temporary gratuitous exchange of a regulated firearm between two individuals who remain in the same location for the duration of the exchange.
SB907 Senator Waugh Requiring the Secretary of State Police to create and maintain a database containing information regarding the use of firearms in the commission of a crime and in self-defense; requiring the database to include certain information; and requiring the database to be open to the public.
SB908 Senator Waugh Repealing the designation of certain firearms as assault weapons; repealing the prohibition on certain persons transporting an assault weapon into the State or possessing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing, or receiving an assault weapon; prohibiting, with certain exceptions, a person from transporting an assault pistol into the State or possessing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, purchasing, or receiving an assault pistol; etc.
SB1036
 (HB1646)
Senator Smith Requiring a State's Attorney to serve a certain notice on a certain defendant, defendant's counsel, and the court prior to trial or the acceptance of a plea of guilty or the equivalent of a plea of guilty; requiring a court to inform a defendant convicted of a certain offense that the defendant is prohibited from possessing a certain firearm under certain provisions of law; etc.
SB1062
   (HB991)
Baltimore City Senators Prohibiting a person from possessing a certain detachable magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition; prohibiting a person from possessing a regulated firearm if the person was previously convicted of a certain crime involving possessing, owning, carrying, or transporting a firearm after having been convicted of a certain other crime; and applying certain penalties.