Gun Control Bill to Become Law October 1st

April 5, 2013


UPDATE: Phone number for MSP in Jessup: Phone: (410) 486-3101

The Maryland Senate has approved a gun control bill backed by Governor Martin O’Malley. The vote was 28-19 with 28 Democrats voting for the bill and 7 democrats and 12 Republicans voting in opposition. The Thursday evening vote was the same as the first vote on February 28, 2013. The bill now goes to Governor O’Malley for his signature.

After the Governor signs the bill, Maryland will have the toughest gun laws in the nation. It bans 45 assault style weapons and limits the size of gun clips to 10 rounds. It also requires all handgun buyers to go through the Maryland State Police and submit their fingerprints and obtain a license. It also limits access of guns to mentally ill persons. The bill will take effect on October 1, 2013.

This is how the 3 Southern Maryland Senators voted:

Democrats for:
Miller, Thomas V. Mike, Calvert

Democrats Against:
Dyson, Roy, St. Mary’s
Middleton, Thomas, Charles

The bill bans weapons characterized as assault weapons under the federal ban that lasted from 1994 to 2004. They include 19 specific models of semiautomatic weapons and their copies. People who legally own an assault weapon before October 1, 2013, could keep it. Those guns would have to be registered with the state police before Jan. 1, 2014.

“Assault weapon” means any of the following specific firearms or their copies regardless of which company produced and manufactured that firearm:

( 1 ) American Arms Spectre da Semiautomatic carbine
( 2 ) AK-47 in all forms
( 3 ) Algimec AGM-1 type semi-auto
( 4 ) AR 100 type semi-auto
( 5 ) AR 180 type semi-auto
( 6 ) Argentine L.S.R. semi-auto
( 7 ) Australian Automatic Arms SAR type semi-auto
( 8 ) Auto-Ordnance Thompson M1 and 1927 semi-automatics
( 9 ) Barrett light .50 cal. semi-auto
(10) Beretta AR70 type semi-auto
(11) Bushmaster semi-auto rifle
(12) Calico models M-100 and M-900
(13) CIS SR 88 type semi-auto
(14) Claridge HI TEC C-9 carbines
(15) Colt AR-15, CAR-15, and all imitations except Colt AR-15 Sporter H-BAR rifle
(16) Daewoo MAX 1 and MAX 2, aka AR 100, 110C, K-1, and K-2
(17) Dragunov Chinese made semi-auto
(18) Famas semi-auto (.223 caliber)
(19) Feather AT-9 semi-auto
(20) FN LAR and FN FAL assault rifle
(21) FNC semi-auto type carbine
(22) F.I.E./Franchi LAW 12 and SPAS 12 assault shotgun
(23) Steyr-AUG-SA semi-auto
(24) Galil models AR and ARM semi-auto
(25) Heckler and KOCH HK-91 A3, HK-93 A2, HK-94 A2 and A3
(26) Holmes model 88 shotgun
(27) Avtomat Kalashnikov semiautomatic rifle in any format
(28) Manchester Arms “Commando” MK-45, MK-9
(29) Mandell TAC-1 semi-auto carbine
(30) Mossberg model 500 Bullpup assault shotgun
(31) Sterling Mark 6 (32) P.A.W.S. carbine
(33) Ruger mini-14 folding stock model (.223 caliber)
(34) SIG 550/551 assault rifle (.223 caliber)
(35) SKS with detachable magazine
(36) AP-74 Commando type semi-auto (37) Springfield Armory BM-59, SAR-48, G3, SAR-3, M-21 sniper rifle, M1A, excluding
the M1 Garand
(38) Street sweeper assault type shotgun
(39) Striker 12 assault shotgun in all formats
(40) Unique F11 semi-auto type
(41) Daewoo USAS 12 semi-auto shotgun
(42) UZI 9mm carbine or rifle
(43) Valmet M-76 and M-78 semi-auto
(44) Weaver Arms “Nighthawk” semi-auto carbine or
(45) Wilkinson Arms 9mm semi-auto “Terry”.
Direct questions to:
Maryland State Police
Firearms Registration Section
7751 Washington Boulevard
Jessup, Maryland 20794
(410) 799-0191

Margit Miller / Staff Writer / Editor

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