MD Delegates Vote on Gun Control Bill SB 281

April 3, 2013

Maryland FlagDelegates approved a major gun control measure Wednesday to ban assault weapons, require people who buy handguns to provide their fingerprints and limit gun magazines to 10 bullets.

The House voted 78-61 for the bill, one of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s priorities for the legislative session. They included the fingerprint requirement, which opponents repeatedly tried to take out of the measure. Lawmakers, in both the Senate and the House, both with strong Democratic majorities, rejected amendments that would have stripped the provision. The Maryland measure also included an assault weapons ban for 45 guns, although people who own them or order them before the law takes effect in October would be allowed to keep them.

o 19 amendments to SB 281 were rejected, every one of them offered by members of the Republican minority.

o Four amendments were adopted, three of them offered by Democrats and one offered by a Republican. The amendments were accepted as “friendly” by the bill’s floor leader, Del.Kathleen M. Dumais, a Montgomey County Democrat and vice chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee, meaning they were negotiated and accepted ahead of time by Democratic leaders.

o One amendment was withdrawn that would have forced courts to notify a person who received probation before judgment for a “crime of violence” that they could not own a firearm under SB 281. But Del. Richard K. Impallaria, R-Baltimore County and Harford County, could offer his amendment again on Wednesday.

Maryland State Houseo 25 total amendments were offered during the House debate.

o 57-57-1 was the closest vote on an amendment, which would have given off-duty police officers the right to carry their firearms on school property.

o 19 delegates were off the floor of the House during that vote, making it closer than it would have been otherwise. Following the vote, House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, told delegates to take their seats.

o 93-36 was the most lopsided vote, defeating an amendment from Impallaria that would have let those sentenced to probation before judgment own a gun once their record is expunged.

The bill also strained relations with Berretta USA Corp. The company has a factory in Accokeek that makes some products Maryland residents would not be allowed to legally own. The 500-year-old company would still be able to sell the products out of state. Other states have urged the company to relocate.

The governor this week included $4.6 million in a supplemental budget to help implement the bill by creating a center for state police to enforce it. The gun measure also would make $25 million available for schools to invest in security measures such as locks, cameras and buzzer entrance systems.

handgunHere’s how members of the Maryland House of Delegates voted for a gun-control measure. The vote was 78-61. A vote of 71 was needed. Voting “yes” were 78 Democrats. Voting “no” were 18 Democrats and 43 Republicans. Below are the Delegates representing Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s County and how they voted.

Democrats against:
Jameson, Sally, Charles
Murphy, Peter, Charles County
Wilson, C.T., Charles
Wood, John Jr., St. Mary’s

Republicans against:
Fisher, Mark, Calvert,
O’Donnell, Anthony, Calvert

No Southern Maryland Delegates voted for the bill.

Margit Miller / Staff Writer / Editor

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21 Responses to MD Delegates Vote on Gun Control Bill SB 281

  1. tshriner on April 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    God help us.

  2. Nonya on April 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I am so pissed off at every maryland representative that voted for this bill. They should all be ashamed of what they have done.

  3. bluWater on April 4, 2013 at 11:09 am

    This makes me sick

  4. Freefaller on April 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

    And so, our 2nd amendment rights get eroded a little bit more.

    I have never seen even the most ravenous of men, eat an entire cluster of grapes at one time. However, I have seen, that same man, already fat with food, eat the grapes one at a time until he consumes the cluster. He accomplishes the same goal.

    The first American Revolution was touched off when the British tried to seize the gunpowder stores in Lexington and Concord. Our government is doing the exact same thing now. Our Homeland Security is buying up a BILLION dollars worth of AMMO. The FBI is going to spend 100 million dollars doing the same thing. Instead of “seizing the powder”, the government is buying it. AND, they’re using our money to do it!

  5. Michael on April 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Please right a letter/email to Beretta making them aware of your dissatisfaction with the law. Also any other major gun entity. Let them know in your letter that you understand if they decide to leave Maryland. Send as many emails/letters out as possible! Here is there info:
    Ugo Gussalli Beretta (CEO)
    Beretta USA, Corp.
    17601 Beretta Dr.
    Accokeek, MD 20607
    MD Tel. 301-283-2191
    Fax 301-283-0435

    Let’s help companies make there choices easier in leaving a Fascist, repressive state. Also, VOTE OUT MAC MIDDLETON!! HE WOULD NOT FIGHT FOR US!!!!

  6. anonymous on April 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    O’malley is a scumbag piece of crap I hope somebody shoots his ass

    • Anonymous on April 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Don’t forget to vote the 78 idiots out of office who voted for this.

    • John on April 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Be a man and leave your name

  7. Bart on April 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    This whole political sham will not protect 1 individual. This will make just one more fee that they can reem down our throats as we all know who the responsible law abiding tax paying Marylanders are! Get ready it will not be long before he moves his fat cat ass to D.C. to destroy what is left and that ain’t much.

  8. Growler on April 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve got to say right now I’m quite proud to call myself a Marylander :)

    • william broderick on April 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      you’re an idiot

      • Dan R on April 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        I agree

  9. Anonymous on April 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Taking weapons from law abiding citizens only makes it easier for criminals. If anyone thinks these new laws will compel criminals to follow them, is wearing blinders. When is the next governors election?

  10. Snejatina on April 5, 2013 at 8:30 am

    This Country was founded to We the People not We the Government. We the people need to keep standing for our rights and the second amendment. It is not the Gun that is the problem it is the person behind the Gun. So wake up people before all your rights and liberty’s get taken away. We need to stand so our freedoms and liberty’s will be safe for generations to come. Just remember this this nation was found to be WE THE PEOPLE NOT WE THE GOVERNMENT

  11. willam Easten on April 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Well it is time to move out of this dysfunctional state of maryland…the democraps are letting criminals go free frm jails…giving illegals our rights and letting law bidding citizens defenseless

    • John on April 7, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      See ya don’t let the door hit on your ass on the way out

  12. Anonymous on April 6, 2013 at 7:48 am


    • Paul on April 7, 2013 at 8:57 am

      I concur

  13. Paul on April 7, 2013 at 8:57 am

    They’re pushing owe’malleys agenda, they are on a mission to take our freedoms away from us. There were Delegates who fought for our rights but were told flat out their amendments would not be added to SB281. owe’malley has once again weakened the law abiding citizen and enpowered the criminal. Vote out in 2014 those who voted for the erosion of our rights.

  14. Joe graves on April 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    They need to be voted out Omalley also! I’m making up a big sign on back of my truck with the names that voted against our Constitutional Rights , will make flyers and pass out at Union meetings and such! They need to go period they went against the people’s votes!

  15. Dan R on April 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    excuse me for being rational, but DIDN’T SANDY HOOK HAVE ALL THE SAME PRECAUSIONARY MEASURES INSTALLED IN THEIR SCHOOL??? This state is so backwards. I wish I could move away, but this economy is so wrecked that I can’t afford to. And it’s about to get a lot worse too. So now we’re dedicating millions to a task force to take our 2nd Amendment right away, and to install “security” measures in schools that are PROVEN TO BE INAFECTIVE! I am seeing red right now!