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    And The Next Generation.
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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

Ban on Rapid Fire Trigger Devices (Bump Stocks & other accessories) (SB 707 & HB 888):

This bill introduced by State Senator Victor Ramirez and Delegate David Moon will effectively ban all rapid fire trigger devices (‘bump-style’ stocks and other accessories) that enable a semi-automatic rifle to simulate automatic gunfire. This will close a weakness in Maryland’s assault-weapons ban highlighted after the horrific shooting in Las Vegas.

 

Elimination of Handgun Permit Review Board (SB 741 & HB 819):

The Handgun Permit Review Board (HPRB) hears appeals when an applicant is denied a Wear and Carry permit by the Secretary of the Maryland State Police. The board consists of five citizens who are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. There are no requirements of legal education or expertise for those appointed to the HPRB. Since Governor Hogan’s tenure, the HPRB has more than doubled granted appeals of Wear and Carry (concealed carry) permits. This bill sponsored by State Senator Rich Madaleno and Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary aims to eliminate the HPRB and place the hearings in the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) where the appeals can be heard by experienced judges who will work to uphold Maryland’s gun laws rather than circumvent them.

 

Definition of Transfer (SB 860 & HB 1031):

 This bill sponsored by Delegate Kathleen Dumais and State Senator Bill Ferguson will close a dangerous loophole that exists in Maryland law making it difficult to enforce illegal gun transfers. With no definition of transfer in Maryland law, courts have found it difficult to convict illegal handgun sales committed without a background check due to the defense claiming that the transaction was merely a loan. The oversight prevents law enforcement from keeping illegal guns from being diverted to the underground market. This bill and definition will ensure that a loan is also defined as a transfer to prevent such manipulations of our legal system from continuing to happen.

 

Funding for Evidence-Based Gun Violence Prevention Programs (SB 545 & HB 432):

This bill sponsored by Delegate Brooke Lierman and Senator Joan Carter Conway would provide funding to city and county municipalities for evidence-based programs to reduce interpersonal gun homicide. This could include Ceasefire or Cure Violence models involving group violence intervention, violence interrupters (eg. Safe Streets), and hospital-based intervention programs. These programs aim to go beyond traditional law enforcement practices and prevent violence before it happens.

 

Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) (HB 1302)

This bill sponsored by Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith would allow families and household members, as well as law enforcement officers, to petition a court to remove a person’s access to guns if he or she poses an imminent danger to self or others. The Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) is a court-issued civil order that temporarily prohibits the purchase and possession of firearms and requires the removal of any firearms currently possessed while the order is in effect.

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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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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