Maryland Governor O’Malley Wants All Gun Buyers To Be Licensed Plus Pay A $100 Application Fee

February 6, 2013 2:13 pmViews: 612

Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland


Liberal Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is pushing his state legislature to pass an unconstitutional gun regulation which would ban so-called assault rifles, limit ammo magazines to 10 rounds and would also require all gun owners to get a license, pass a gun safety course and pay a $100 application fee.

What Governor O'Malley clearly doesn't understand is that none of these measures are in the Constitution. Our forefathers wrote the Constitution in simple language, they didn't pontificate on the minutiae of the finer points of regulations and did not tell us what kind of a gun we would be able to own, nor did they ever envision gun owners being required to take a safety course and pay a fee to apply for a gun license.

This is just another liberal move that puts restrictions on law abiding citizens and does absolutely nothing to do after the crazy people would commit the horrendous massacres such as we have seen in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado. Our politicians simply act because they want to appear like they are doing something, or they act and take advantage of a crisis because they have a larger agenda. Unfortunately that agenda is much more about control than it is about guns and stopping violence.

Fortunately there are several gun right advocates protesting this legislation and rallying in the Maryland Capital of Annapolis to voice their opinions on usurping the Constitution and taking away gun owners rights.

Read more on this frightening legislation below from the Washington Times:

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will urge state lawmakers on Wednesday to pass legislation requiring residents to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun, but Second Amendment advocates hope to drown out his message.

Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, will testify before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in favor of his bill, which would also ban assault weapons, limit magazine capacities to 10 rounds and require prospective gun buyers to complete a safety course and pay a $100 application fee.

However, gun-rights advocates will descend upon Annapolis to rally against a bill that they say tramples on gun owners’ rights and won’t stop criminals who carry illegal guns.

“The overriding problem with the governor’s bill is that it does little to address the bad guys with the guns,” said Delegate Michael D. Smigiel Sr., Cecil Republican, who said rally organizers are expecting 1,000 to 3,000 people. “It deals with ways of curtailing law-abiding citizens from being able to exercise their full Second Amendment rights.”

Mr. O'Malley proposed his legislation last month in an effort to fight gun violence and prevent incidents similar to last year’s deadly shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.

While requiring a permit to carry a handgun in public is the norm throughout most of the U.S., only nine states currently require a license or permit to purchase a handgun, according to Johns Hopkins University's Center for Gun Policy and Research.

Maryland would join Connecticut and Iowa as states that require applicants to also provide fingerprints and give state officials authority to reject applications.

Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have authority to reject applications but don’t require fingerprinting, while Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and North Carolina require licenses, but have no authority to reject applications.

Supporters cite studies showing that license-to-purchase laws in these states have decreased illegal straw purchases and gun trafficking.

“We lose too many American lives to gun violence,” Mr. O'Malley said last week in his State of the State address. “Who can watch the sad images of the last several weeks, who can see the pictures of those young faces and honestly say we are doing enough?”

While gun-rights advocates question the legality of license-to-purchase laws, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, a Democrat, issued an opinion last week saying that such laws are constitutional because the government is allowed to place some regulations on gun ownership.

Mr. Gansler, a Democrat, added that the governor’s bill would not allow the state to confiscate handguns purchased under current laws.

Don't you just love that last line? The Democrat Gansler says this bill by Governor O'Malley would not allow him to confiscate handguns under current laws. What, no bill should ever allow anyone to confiscate handguns, or any other gun legally owned. There is no precedent for this anywhere in our nation. Do these liberal tyrants think our Second Amendment is negotiable?

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