An Assault Weapons Ban To Worry About

I wrote a few days ago about not getting too worked up over McCarthy’s latest attempt at being a bitch, since the bill hasn’t even gotten any cosponsors yet. But there is an assault weapons ban out there we need to pay a lot of attention to. From Pro-Gun Progressive we have this out of Maryland [UPDATE – oops, forgot the link in the orignal post]:

Senate Bill 43, “Assault Weapon Ban of 2007,” sponsored by Senator Michael Lenett (D-19), will be heard by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Tuesday, February 27 at 1 P.M.

SB43 would designate specified firearms, including many semi-automatics as “assault weapons,” prohibit persons from transporting possessing, selling, offering to sell, transferring, or receiving a specified “assault weapon(s),” and require the Handgun Roster Board to compile and maintain a roster of prohibited specified “assault weapons.”

Maryland is an important battleground state. What I mean by that is that it’s a state that the anti-gun folks would dearly love to lock up and put firmly in their column, but it’s not quite there yet. The antis have, pretty solidly, CA, NJ, NY, and MA. They have a more tenuous foothold in IL, MD, CT, RI, and HI. IL and MD are the ones to watch out for though, because those are the two states that they are pushing hard to move into the “firmly anti-gun” column, and this assault weapons ban is meant to wrap it up for them there.

The demographics don’t favor us holding onto Maryland: it’s a suburb of DC and has Baltimore. The rest of the state can’t outvote the urban dwellers. In addition, Elrich is no longer there with his veto stamp. It’s important that Maryland not be given up without a fight though. If you live in Maryland, talk to the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association and see if there’s anything you can do to help out. At the very least, show up in Annapolis on the 27th.

This law is BAD. It’s worse than California’s ban in many ways. It’s important that it not be allowed to pass. For those of us outside of Maryland, it should be noticed that the law has no FOPA exception and demands the police seize and destroy any weapon they find on you. So once you get the charges dismissed in federal court, after spending some time in jail initially, you can kiss your rifle goodbye.

6 Responses to “An Assault Weapons Ban To Worry About”

  1. BobG says:

    SB43 sounds like a “Brady Bunch” wet dream.

  2. straightarrow says:

    I know this sounds to some as extreme, but the proposal now being considered in Maryland is so illegal and expressly prohibited by the Consitution. The reason for the second was such as this and I am not hopeful that we can avoid shooting the sonsofbitches.

    We are not dealing with ignorance, we are dealing with evil. To reiterate, the founders foresaw this and placed the Second Amendment in the BoR as a remedy, fully expecting the use of those non-infringed arms if necessary.

  3. Sebastian says:

    I don’t think it’s extreme to suggest the constitution means what it plainly says.

  4. straightarrow says:

    Perhaps I should have said “sounds extreme to our modern American.”

  5. Mark says:

    While we DO have an ‘assault weapons ban’ here in CT there are no restrictions on magazine-capacity. And this ‘ban’ sure didn’t stop me from buying my Bushmaster and a whole pile of 30-round milsup magazines.

    A lot of good the ‘ban’ is doing, eh??

  6. Sebastian says:

    If I recall, CT’s ban is just a by name only ban, so in practical effect doesn’t really have any practical effect. In other words, it’s even weaker than the expired federal ban.