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41 total bills, 7 anti-gun bills,
20 pro-gun bills for this session
Proposed Maryland Gun Laws

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note: Maryland does not carry over legislation from session to session

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HB1036

Title: Firearms - Handgun Permit - Preliminary Approval

Description: Authorizing a person to apply for preliminary approval of a handgun permit without completing a certified firearms training course; requiring the Secretary to investigate an application for a handgun permit; requiring the Secretary to issue preliminary approval for a handgun permit if the applicant meets specified requirements except the required certified firearms training course; requiring an applicant to satisfy a specified firearm training requirement within 120 days after receipt of preliminary approval; etc.

Last Action: Third Reading Passed with Amendments (46-0)

Last Action Date: April 10, 2017

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HB1108

Title: Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Disqualifying Crime

Description: Clarifying that the term "disqualifying crime" includes a violation classified as a misdemeanor in the State that carried a statutory penalty of incarceration of more than 2 years at the time of the commission of the crime.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

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HB1396

Title: Wearing, Carrying, or Transporting a Handgun - Penalties - Subsequent Offenders

Description: Prohibiting the suspension of a sentence for wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun under specified circumstances for a person previously convicted of specified crimes.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB1398

Title: Public Safety - Police Profiling - "Right-to-Carry" Permit

Description: Establishing that it is not a legitimate law enforcement purpose to use active or historical plate data captured by an automatic license plate reader system that indicates the owner of the vehicle has been issued a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun as the sole basis to stop and question the vehicle's driver.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

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HB1424

Title: Criminal Procedure - Firearms - Transfer

Description: Requiring a court to inform a person convicted of a specified disqualifying crime that the person is prohibited from possessing a firearm under specified provisions of law; requiring the court to advise the person that specified proof must be provided to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services that specified firearms owned by the person or in the person's possession have been transferred from the person's possession; etc.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an anti-gun bill

HB1448

Title: Public Safety - Rifles and Shotguns - Transactions

Description: Providing that a person who is not a specified licensee may not complete the transfer of a specified rifle or shotgun as transferor or transferee, except under specified circumstances; requiring, before a specified transfer is conducted, the transferor and transferee to meet jointly with a specified licensee and request that the licensee facilitate the transfer; requiring a licensee to take specified actions when facilitating a transfer; etc.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

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HB1521

Title: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Commission to Study Firearm Violence - Establishment

Description: Establishing the Maryland Commission to Study Firearm Violence; providing for the membership of the Commission; requiring the Commission to award specified loans and grants, develop specified recommendations, administer a specified fund, and develop specified processes; establishing the Maryland Firearm Violence Research Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund that is not subject to a specified provision of law; specifying the purpose of the Fund; etc.

Last Action: Unfavorable Report by Judiciary

Last Action Date: March 17, 2017

this is an anti-gun bill

HB159

Title: Weapon-Free Higher Education Zones

Description: Altering a specified exception relating to law enforcement officers to the prohibition on carrying specified weapons on public school property; prohibiting the carrying or possession of specified firearms on the property of public institutions of higher education; requiring a public institution of higher education to post specified signs in prominent locations on the property; requiring the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland to incorporate into their bylaws, policies and procedures, the current weapons practice on campus; etc.

Last Action: Senators Smith, Brochin, and Norman

Last Action Date: April 10, 2017

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HB162

Title: Public Safety - Firearm Application

Description: Repealing a requirement that a firearm application contain a copy of the applicant's handgun qualification license; and requiring that a firearm application contain the applicant's handgun qualification license number, with a specified exception.

Last Action: Approved by the Governor - Chapter 189

Last Action Date: April 18, 2017

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HB294

Title: Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Definition of Convicted of a Disqualifying Crime

Description: Altering a specified definition of "convicted of a disqualifying crime" to include a case in which a person received probation before judgment for assault in the second degree if the crime was a specified domestically related crime.

Last Action: Returned Passed

Last Action Date: April 10, 2017

this is an anti-gun bill

HB318

Title: Public Safety - Firearms Disqualifications - Antique Firearm

Description: Applying specified provisions disqualifying a person from possessing a rifle or shotgun to an antique firearm.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

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HB339

Title: Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Correctional Officer

Description: Establishing a presumption that an applicant for a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun has a good and substantial reason to carry, wear, or transport a handgun if the applicant is an active and certified correctional officer.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB53

Title: Sales and Use Tax - Exemption - Firearm Safety Devices

Description: Providing an exemption under the sales and use tax for the sale of specified firearm safety devices, including a firearm safe, firearm lockbox, trigger and barrel lock, or any other item designed to enhance home firearm safety; etc.

Last Action: Hearing 1/18 at 11:00 a.m.

Last Action Date: January 18, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB59

Title: Public Safety - Assault Weapons - Replacements

Description: Authorizing a person to replace a lost or broken assault weapon that was lawfully possessed in accordance with specified provisions of law if the replacement is registered with the Secretary of State Police.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

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HB6

Title: Public Safety - Handgun Permits - Application Report

Description: Requiring the Department of State Police to make a specified report to the General Assembly every 6 months containing the number of applications received and processed for permits to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.

Last Action: Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn

Last Action Date: February 20, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB608

Title: Criminal Law - Crimes Against Property - Right to Defend Property

Description: Establishing that an occupant of a dwelling is justified in using any degree of physical force against another person when the other person has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling, and when the occupant has a reasonable belief that the other person has committed a crime in the dwelling in addition to the unlawful entry or is committing or intends to commit a crime against a person or property in addition to the unlawful entry; establishing that a person acting in accordance with the Act is immune from specified criminal prosecution; etc.

Last Action: Unfavorable Report by Judiciary

Last Action Date: February 27, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB610

Title: Public Safety - Handgun Permit - Applicant Qualifications

Description: Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of State Police find that a person has a good and substantial reason to carry, wear, or transport a handgun before issuing a handgun permit to the person.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB611

Title: Handguns - School Employees - Handgun Permits and Carrying Weapons on School Property

Description: Authorizing a county board to authorize school employees in the county board's school system to carry a handgun on school property under specified circumstances; requiring the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun permit to a person who is otherwise qualified and who is a school employee in a specified school system; etc.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB663

Title: Public Safety - Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun - Qualifications

Description: Clarifying that personal protection or self-defense can qualify as a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for purposes of the issuance by the Secretary of State Police of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB820

Title: Handgun Permits - Universal Recognition

Description: Specifying that a permit to carry a handgun issued to an individual in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., or West Virginia is valid in Maryland.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB821

Title: Firearms - Permit to Wear, Carry, or Transport a Handgun - Expiration and Renewal

Description: Altering the time period in which a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun expires to be 5 years after the issuance; and altering the time period for renewal of a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun to 5 years after the last renewal.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB827

Title: Public Safety - Secretary of State Police - Temporary Firearms Training Waiver

Description: Authorizing the Secretary of State Police, on making a specified determination concerning an applicant for a specified handgun permit, to temporarily waive a requirement to complete a specified firearms training course; and requiring an applicant issued a specified permit to complete a firearms training course within 60 days after the issuance of the permit.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB875

Title: Firearms - Handgun Qualification License - Firearms Safety Training

Description: Repealing a requirement that a specified firearms safety training course include a specified firearms orientation component; and requiring the Secretary of State Police to adopt regulations that allow an applicant for a specified handgun qualification license to receive online all necessary instruction from a firearms safety training course required to be completed.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

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HB877

Title: Handgun Permits - Alternative Expiration Date - Private Detectives, Security Guards, and Special Police Officers

Description: Authorizing the Secretary of State Police to establish an alternative expiration date for a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun that coincides with the expiration of a license, certification, or commission for a specified private detective, specified security guard, or specified special police officer.

Last Action: Approved by the Governor - Chapter 191

Last Action Date: April 18, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB891

Title: Handgun Permits - Firearms Training Courses

Description: Altering the requirements from a minimum of 16 hours to 6 hours of instruction by a qualified handgun instructor for firearms training courses that an initial applicant for a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun must successfully complete; reducing from 8 to 2 the number of hours of instruction an applicant for renewal of a permit must successfully complete.

Last Action: Recommitted to Judiciary (Delegate Vallario)

Last Action Date: March 20, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB905

Title: Public Safety - Handgun Qualification License - Application Fee

Description: Reducing the maximum application fee that an applicant must pay to the Secretary of State Police for a handgun qualification license from $50 to $25.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB958

Title: Public Safety - Gun Shows - Captured Plate Data

Description: Establishing that it is not a legitimate law enforcement purpose to collect, store, or share specified captured plate data from a vehicle parked at, entering, or leaving a gun show without a warrant or articulable evidence of illegal activity.

Last Action: Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 14, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

SB1011

Title: Criminal Law - Crimes Against Property - Right to Defend Property

Description: Establishing that an occupant of a dwelling is justified in using any degree of physical force against another person when the other person has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling, and when the occupant has a reasonable belief that the other person has committed a crime in the dwelling in addition to the unlawful entry or is committing or intends to commit a crime against a person or property in addition to the unlawful entry; establishing that a person acting in accordance with the Act is immune from specified criminal prosecution; etc.

Last Action: Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn

Last Action Date: March 15, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

SB1091

Title: Public Safety - Permit to Wear, Carry, or Transport a Handgun - Expiration and Renewal

Description: Altering the time period in which a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun expires to be 5 years after the issuance; and altering the time period for renewal of a permit to wear, carry, or transport a handgun to 5 years after the last renewal.

Last Action: Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 15, 2017

this is an anti-gun bill

SB1180

Title: Public Safety - Handgun Permit Review Board - Repeal

Description: Altering the process by which a person who is denied a specified handgun permit or renewal of a permit or whose permit is revoked or limited by the Secretary of State Police or the Secretary's designee may appeal the decision; repealing provisions of law relating to the Handgun Permit Review Board; providing that appeals from a specified decision by the Secretary or the Secretary's designee may be made to the Office of Administrative Hearings in a specified manner; etc.

Last Action: First Reading Senate Rules

Last Action Date: March 6, 2017

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SB16

Title: Public Safety - Firearm Application

Description: Repealing a requirement that a firearm application contain a copy of the applicant's handgun qualification license; and requiring that a firearm application contain the applicant's handgun qualification license number, with a specified exception.

Last Action: Approved by the Governor - Chapter 192

Last Action Date: April 18, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

SB160

Title: Handgun Permits - Multijurisdictional Recognition

Description: Specifying that a permit to carry a handgun issued to an individual in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., or West Virginia is valid in Maryland.

Last Action: Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 8, 2017

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SB224

Title: Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Definition of Convicted of a Disqualifying Crime

Description: Altering a specified definition of "convicted of a disqualifying crime" to include a case in which a person received probation before judgment for assault in the second degree, if the crime was a specified domestically related crime.

Last Action: Returned Passed

Last Action Date: April 10, 2017

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SB23

Title: Handgun Permits - Alternative Expiration Date - Private Detectives, Security Guards, and Special Police Officers

Description: Authorizing the Secretary of State Police to establish an alternative expiration date for a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun that coincides with the expiration of a license, certification, or commission for a specified private detective, specified security guard, or specified special police officer.

Last Action: Approved by the Governor - Chapter 190

Last Action Date: April 18, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

SB245

Title: Public Safety - Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun - Qualifications

Description: Clarifying that self-defense can qualify as a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for purposes of the issuance by the Secretary of State Police of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.

Last Action: Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 8, 2017

this is an anti-gun bill

SB467

Title: Public Safety - Firearms Disqualifications - Antique Firearm

Description: Applying specified provisions disqualifying a person from possessing a rifle or shotgun to an antique firearm.

Last Action: Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 8, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

SB511

Title: Public Safety - Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun - Qualifications

Description: Clarifying that personal protection or self-defense can qualify as a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun for purposes of the issuance by the Secretary of State Police of a permit to carry, wear, or transport a handgun.

Last Action: Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 8, 2017

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SB727

Title: Criminal Procedure - Firearms - Notification

Description: Requiring a State's Attorney to notify the court, before a defendant is sentenced, that a conviction prohibits a person from possessing a specified firearm under specified provisions of law; requiring a court to inform a person convicted of a specified disqualifying offense, both verbally and in writing, that the person is prohibited from possessing a firearm under specified provisions of law; and providing that the failure to receive a specified notification is not grounds for relief or a defense for specified criminal violations.

Last Action: Rereferred to Judiciary

Last Action Date: April 10, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

SB826

Title: Wearing, Carrying, or Transporting a Handgun - Penalties - Subsequent Offenders

Description: Prohibiting the suspension of a sentence for wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun under specified circumstances for a person previously convicted of specified crimes.

Last Action: Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 8, 2017

this is an anti-gun bill

SB946

Title: Gun-Free Higher Education Zones

Description: Altering a specified exception relating to law enforcement officers to the prohibition on carrying or possessing specified weapons on school property; prohibiting the carrying or possession of specified firearms on the property of public institutions of higher education; providing specified exceptions; providing that a violation is a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000; requiring the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland to incorporate the current weapons practice into their bylaws, policies and procedures; etc.

Last Action: Senators Smith, Brochin, and Norman

Last Action Date: April 10, 2017

this is an anti-gun bill

SB948

Title: Public Safety - Rifles and Shotguns - Secondary Transactions

Description: Providing that a person who is not a specified licensee may not complete the transfer of a specified rifle or shotgun as transferor or transferee, except under specified circumstances; requiring, before a specified transfer is conducted, the transferor and transferee to meet jointly with a specified licensee and request that the licensee facilitate the transfer; requiring a licensee to take specified actions when facilitating a transfer; etc.

Last Action: Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.

Last Action Date: March 8, 2017

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