Skip to comments.Ammo Clip, Gun Dealer Bills Dead(MD)
Posted on 03/19/2011 7:18:28 AM PDT by marktwain
ANNAPOLIS - Gun-rights advocates can rest easy after a House panel this week killed some of the most controversial firearms proposals facing the General Assembly.
The House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly voted to squash a pair of identical bills that sought to cut in half the number of bullets a detachable magazine can carry. The panel also voted down a bill that would have given state police broad authority to regulate gun dealers.
Of all the firearms bills being debated this session, the ammunition clip and gun-dealer proposals drew some of the strongest ire from Second Amendment groups.
The House committee's vote to bury the gun bills came as a key lawmaker secured passage of the Senate version of the gun-dealer proposal.
Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery Democrat and an ardent gun-control proponent, successfully shepherded the bill to narrow passage this week in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. It marked the first time in several years that Frosh has been able to advance a gun-control measure out of the committee he chairs.
Frosh also was hopeful that the makeup of his committee, which has four new members, would help to move forward the Senate version of the ammunition clip bill, which he sponsored.
Those plans are all but dashed because of the House committee's action to kill the cross-filed versions of the bills.
"I'll bring them back next year," Frosh said.
Frosh is one of a handful of lawmakers who supported legislation this session to limit the size of ammunition clips to hold no more than 10 rounds. State law currently allows ammunition magazines to hold up to 20 rounds.
The bills, which mirror a federal effort to ban high-capacity ammunition clips, were fashioned in direct response to the January shooting rampage that injured Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others.
Opponents labeled the ammo clip bills as an attempt to exploit a tragedy.
"A knee-jerk reaction," Delegate Michael McDermott, a Worcester Republican and a member of the House Judiciary, said of the bills."This is how some of the worst legislation gets crafted."
The ammo clip bills died on 17-2 votes.
The House Judiciary rejected the gun dealer bill by a 16-3 vote.
That bill would have required gun dealers to maintain sales records for all firearms and would have given state police more authority to inspect such records in an attempt to better trace firearms. The bill also would have given state police more power over who gets licensed to sell guns.
The bill's sponsor, Delegate Tom Hucker, D-Montgomery, called the measure a "common sense" proposal that should have been received better by the committee.
"It didn't seek to limit anyone's individual gun rights," Hucker said."It sought to address the problem of irresponsible gun dealers."
I think this (and the gay marriage bill also dying in MD) is evidence that self-described liberals (not necessarily including lib elected officials) are more conservative than they think they are as a whole.
It’s not looking good for my hypothesis.
No, Tom Huckster, D-Montgomery, the common sense proposal would be to rid the legislature of nanny state proponents such as you. It would address the problem of having irresponsible, knee-jerk legislators in positions of power in the government.
Is this for Maryland? Or is this US House???
Just Maryland... But I doubt that a House bill attacking gun rights (HR 308 IIRC) will go far this session...
...and those are cartridges (rounds) in the magazine, not bullets.
What a useless toad
“Just Maryland... But I doubt that a House bill attacking gun rights (HR 308 IIRC) will go far this session...”
No but Obama is attacking the second amendment with a back door effort by the BATFE and Eric Holder. If you look closely you will notice a lot if things have disappeared from the market. The news is filled with stories of American guns showing up in the hands of drug cartels in Mexico, etc. etc.
If we are going to protect our second amendment rights we as well as the NRA and other pro second amendment groups had better start going after the BATFE. It makes little sense to win legislatively if this rogue agency can simply interpret the law to mean anything they want. The BATFE has a very clear anti second amendment agenda and is an absolutely rotten to the core.
Magazine = a device,sometimes integral with the gun, most times a separate device, that holds the ammo while in the firearm and allows the gun to feed the ammo into the chamber.
Limiting the number of rounds a person can carry in their firearms and limiting the number of dealers through state control, IS LIMITING PEOPLE'S GUN RIGHTS YOU FRICKIN' IDIOT!
Well, almost That is a Garand en bloc clip..... I have dozens.....
Sounds like a “win-win” to me. I think the gunwalker scandal has something to do with it. It is gaining some traction, and might be part of the Administrations lack of fervor on the whole civilian disarmament front.
Limiting the number of rounds a person can carry in their firearms and limiting the number of dealers through state control, IS LIMITING PEOPLE'S GUN RIGHTS YOU FRICKIN’ IDIOT!
They think that by saying something is so, it becomes so, because they are not constrained by the rules of logic or by reality.
I believe that they have come to this belief because their insanity has been concealed and fostered by the MSM for so many decades.
I read the article and took note that the author uses both terms clip and magazine in commonly accepted ways. >>Frosh is one of a handful of lawmakers who supported legislation this session to limit the size of ammunition clips to hold no more than 10 rounds. State law currently allows ammunition magazines to hold up to 20 rounds.<< So, if you think someone is a dumb asshole for not using the "correct" terminology, in your opinion, go right ahead. You are merely anchoring my and perhaps a few others, opinion of you a little more firmly.
>>Its not looking good for my hypothesis.<<
I, Travis McGee, claim that federal legislation prohibiting the sale or possession of detachable magazines of over 10 rounds will not be passed by both senate and the house of representatives and signed into law by 1 December, 2011.
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