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    And The Next Generation.
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    education and advocacy.
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    a safer place to live.

STAND WITH US AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE

We’re working to…

We’re working to reduce the number of senseless deaths that occur at the hands of guns through education and legislative advocacy. Our efforts are designed to challenge the culture of violence, influence public policy and encourage Marylanders to take action to make their state safer. Our primary focus is on the state of Maryland with an emphasis upon the shooting deaths and injuries that occur in urban Maryland. We are aware that the epidemic of gun violence extends beyond state lines and that many of the struggles Maryland faces is a direct result of neighboring states’ weak laws. We advocate on both the national and local levels for lifesaving gun violence prevention legislation, such as handgun purchaser licensing, to keep guns out of the hands of irresponsible and dangerous individuals. We also believe that legislation and education can save individuals at their most vulnerable times by preventing suicides.
Protect Maryland's 2013 Firearms Safety Act

The Act put in place some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation, including fingerprint-based licensing for gun purchases. 

Promote Handgun Purchaser Licensing

Handguns are used in 9 out of every 10 gun deaths. A licensing system helps keep handguns out of the hands of those who should not have them.

Support and Promote Quality Research

We work closely with the best gun violence researchers in the nation to determine what’s working and then spread the word.

Strengthen Gun Violence Prevention Laws

We will work to close loopholes in our current laws and make sure they are enforced.

Expand Our Work Within Communities

Too often, communities at ground zero of this epidemic are left out of the discussion. We aim to fix that.

Educate & Raise Awareness

 We will work to raise awareness throughout Maryland on policies and programs to prevent gun homicide and suicide.

OUR WORK… IN PICTURES!

Resources

Definition of Transfer (SB 346 & HB 96)

This bill sponsored by Delegate Kathleen Dumais and Senator Bill Ferguson will close a dangerous loophole that exists in Maryland law making it difficult to enforce illegal gun transfers.

– Private individuals who are not licensed dealers must process transfers of handguns and assault weapons through a licensed dealer or designated law enforcement agency, who conducts a background check.  The current law does not define “transfer”. In the absence of a definition, courts have accepted the argument that the law does not apply to a “loan”.

– Closes loophole by clarifying that a “transfer” includes a loan, other than a temporary gratuitous exchange of a regulated firearm between two individuals who remain in the same location for the duration of the exchange.

– Closing this loophole will support law enforcement efforts to prevent the transfer of guns to the underground market.  This change will effectuate greater accountability for those who violate the current law’s requirements and a reduction in illegal gun transfers.

Child Access Prevention and Safe Storage (SB 441 & HB 468)

This bill sponsored by Delegate Dana Stein and Senator Will Smith will strengthen existing safe storage requirements applicable to firearms that are potentially accessible to an unsupervised child.  Unsecured firearms in the home increase the risk of unintentional shootings, homicide, and suicide. The bill modifies the current law by:

– increasing the age of a “child” from under 16 to under 18;

– requiring that guns are locked by an external safety lock, by an integrated mechanical safety device or in a safe storage depository (lockbox); and

– adding a potential penalty of imprisonment not to exceed two years.

This bill will reinforce gun owners’ accountability and responsibility for the safe storage of firearms.

Gun Trace Study (SB 622 & HB 774)

– This bill sponsored by Senator Jill P. Carter and Delegate Sandy Bartlett will require the Office of the Attorney General to complete a detailed study of firearms that are (1) used in a crime or (2) recovered by law enforcement in connection with illegal firearm possession, transportation or transfer.

– This study will provide state and local leaders, law enforcement, public health researchers, and advocates with the data necessary to identify ways to strengthen enforcement and implementation of Maryland current gun laws and support development of effective strategies to prevent gun trafficking.

– The completion of a gun trace study is imperative to preventing gun diversions to the illegal market and meaningfully reducing gun deaths and injuries across the state.

Ban on Ghost Guns (HB 740)

– This bill will ban all untraceable guns, including 3D printed guns and firearms assembled by kits.

– “Ghost” guns are assembled in a manner that circumvents our state and federal gun laws.  They have no serial number and are therefore incredibly difficult to trace when used in a crime and can circumvent Maryland’s regulated firearm registry.

– The exploitation of existing laws not only makes crimes more difficult to solve, but it makes it easier for domestic abusers and criminals to gain access to firearms.

The overwhelming majority of gun violence is committed with a handgun, therefore it is essential that public firearm policy address this fact. In Maryland, to qualify for a handgun purchaser license, you must first pass a finger-print based background check through law enforcement and complete a gun safety course. Handgun licensing combined with background checks prevents prohibited people, like felons and domestic abusers, from gaining access to handguns.

 

The web site, A Tale of Two States, details two major studies from the JH Center for Gun Policy and Research that show the impact of handgun licensing on reducing homicides and suicides. Maryland passed a handgun purchaser licensing law in 2013. 

See http://taleoftwostates.com/

 

The online publication, The Trace, delves into the benefits of handgun purchaser licensing (also called ‘permit-to-purchase’) in an article from 2015: https://www.thetrace.org/2015/07/gun-permit-to-purchase-permits-van-hollen-federal/

 

Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act

 

The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act authorizes a grant program at the Department of Justice to encourage states to establish permit-to-purchase requirements for all handguns, including at gun shows and with private sellers.

 

See https://vanhollen.house.gov/fact-sheet-handgun-purchaser-licensing-act-of-2015

Background checks are necessary in preventing a prohibited person from obtaining a firearm. Background checks are also an integral component of any handgun purchaser licensing process. Most people assume the United States has a federal universal background check system, but there are huge loopholes in this law that makes it easy for dangerous people to obtain a firearm. One such loophole is the private sale exception. In many states it is perfectly legal to buy a gun from a ‘private seller’, perhaps someone met online or at a gun show, without a criminal background check making it possible for a prohibited person to circumvent the system.

 

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence details current federal law and its myriad of loopholes and weaknesses: http://smartgunlaws.org/background-check-procedures-policy-summary/

Gun suicides make up two-thirds of all gun deaths, and yet too often they are left out of the conversation of gun violence prevention.  A great myth that gun suicide cannot be prevented is another hindrance in finding sensible solutions that will save lives. We must work to end not only the epidemic of gun suicide, but also the shame associated with it.

 

A clinical psychologist dispels many of the myths associated with gun suicide in an insightful article from the online publication, The Trace: https://www.thetrace.org/2015/11/gun-suicides-mental-illness-statistics/

 

Studies by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research show that background checks combined with licensing reduce gun suicide: http://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2015/suicide-by-firearm-rates-shift-in-two-states-after-changes-in-state-gun-laws.html

Domestic gun violence is a public health and safety issue. Families are broken and destroyed. Many times, the violence does not end there. All too often, gun violence spills out to affect the entire community. The majority of mass shootings start with a domestic violence incident. We need to work together to educate everyone on the dangers of domestic violence and how it represents a threat to families and communities.

 

A report by Everytown for Gun Safety details the risks of domestic gun violence and the loopholes that exist in current law: http://everytownresearch.org/reports/guns-and-violence-against-women/

 

Prosecutors Against Gun Violence released a report detailing firearm policies that will reduce gun violence by domestic abusers. The report revealed that removing firearms from abusers can reduce domestic violence homicide by as much as 25%.

To learn more about the laws that exist in Maryland and across the country, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is a tremendous resource. The Law Center delves deep into state and national laws, analyzes the Second Amendment, and shares up-to-date research and policy studies.

 

Learn more at http://smartgunlaws.org/the-second-amendment/

In Maryland, we are lucky to have the leading center in gun violence prevention research, the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. Their scholarly research focuses on the public health perspective of gun violence. The Center’s research focuses on domestic gun violence, youth and guns, and gun trafficking and enforcement.

 

Learn More: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-gun-policy-and-research/index.html

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MPGV Legislative Recap for 2019 Session

April 22

The Maryland General Assembly completed its 2019 legislative session and adjourned on Sine Die at midnight on Monday, April 9. After an extremely successful 2018 session, we were uncertain whether gun violence prevention would be prioritized in 2019. However, the occurrence of gun deaths and injuries in Baltimore City remains too common. The 2018 shooting […]

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Sen. Chris Murphy praises Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence

February 14

“Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence is doing critical work to bring the voices of those most directly affected by gun violence into the national dialogue. There are so many policy changes we can make to save lives, but we have to start by listening to people in communities who live with this scourge every day,” said […]

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Five new GVP laws effective today

October 1

Today is a day to celebrate! Five critical gun violence prevention laws in Maryland are now in effect. Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence worked for years to make these a reality. These are the five laws now making Maryland streets safer: ERPO (Extreme Risk Protective Order) Fund of Violence and Intervention Programs Rapid Fire Trigger Accessory […]

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Supreme Court & Upcoming Events

July 12

President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is a Second Amendment extremist and threatens decades of work strengthening Maryland’s gun laws. What do we know about Judge Kavanaugh’s views on gun laws? Judge Kavanaugh believes assault weapon bans, like the one passed in Maryland, are unconstitutional… a position far outside the mainstream of other […]

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Yesterday

June 29

Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence joins all of you in mourning the five people killed inside the Capital Gazette newsroom yesterday and sending our love and support to those injured and traumatized. According to the Gun Violence Archive, this is the 154th mass shooting in the US in 2018. Unacceptable. This attack could have been prevented. Our national leaders need […]

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All four gun violence prevention bills…signed into law

April 26

Yesterday, Governor Hogan signed four of our priority gun bills into law. We commend his and the General Assembly leadership’s support of these important policies. Yesterday’s signing could not have come at a more important time following a spike in violence in Baltimore City. The new laws will help prevent different types of gun violence: urban […]

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The Firearms Safety Act of 2013 puts Maryland on a path to prevent the needless loss of life we see in our state from gunfire. We would not have this lifesaving law without Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, a group of experts and advocates, pushing for it and supporting it every step of the way.

- Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh -

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Our volunteer-run organization is in good hands with the Jen and Liz -- both former Moms Demand Action leaders -- and Vinny who has been a leader on gun violence prevention for decades.

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