Gun control advocates in Maryland suffered a defeat this week with Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill requiring background checks on transfers of long guns. HB 4 would have imposed criminal penalties on the private transfers and sales of rifles and shotguns, and was a top priority for anti-gun groups like Brady and Everytown for Gun Safety, which lobbied Hogan extensively after the legislature approved the measure, and tried to tie the bill to a 2018 active assailant attack in Annapolis.
Along with Moms Demand Action, Everytown believes the HB 4 would make it hard for prohibited purchasers to get their hands on rifles and shotguns. They say it could prevent shootings similar to the Capital Gazette newsroom mass shooting.As you can imagine, pro-Second Amendment groups in the state are encouraged by Hogan’s veto, with the head of one organization telling Fox Baltimore that the bill was fundamentally flawed.
Maryland lawmakers approved the bill and sent to the governor’s desk before legislature closed on March 16 in response to the pandemic.
Mark W. Pennak, president of Maryland Shall Issue said, “This bill would add a wholly new set of restrictions on temporary and permanent long gun “transfers” which would be defined in an extremely broad manner. The bills would severely criminalize any non-compliance with its many and highly complex new restrictions.”The background check measure was one of three dozen bills rejected by Hogan on Thursday, which was the last day for the governor to veto measures before they would automatically become law. Several of the bills came with too high a price tag for the governor’s liking, while other bills, including HB 4, were vetoed because the governor says they didn’t do enough to address violent crime in the state.
Since the arrival of Covid-19, new FBI data shows that gun sales have increased amid the pandemic. According to an Everytown analysis, an estimated 4.2 million guns were sold in March and April combined compared to 2.3 million guns sold during the same time period last year.
Despite the numbers, Pennak cites a study from Daniel Webster of Johns Hopkins who testified before the General Assembly in support of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 and said, “imposing comprehensive back ground checks beyond those required by federal law does nothing to promote public safety.”
Friday, May 8, 2020
Better Than Nothing
I've not been a great fan of Gov. Hogan; he's much to RINOish for my taste, although I understand that he's about the most conservative he could be and still be elected in Maryland. And here's why he's better than the alternatives. Bearing Arms, Background Check Bill Vetoed By Maryland Governor