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Maryland considers confiscating guns from 110k residents

Published time: March 05, 2014 21:08
Reuters / Sukree Sukplang

Reuters / Sukree Sukplang

More than 100,000 individuals in Maryland could become disqualified from owning their registered gun under a bill currently under consideration by state lawmakers.

According to the Associated Press, the Maryland House of Delegates is debating a proposal that would link the state’s gun and criminal registries, enabling law enforcement officials to more effectively seize firearms in the possession of those convicted of felonies or violent crimes.

Under Maryland law, anyone convicted of such crimes is required to relinquish their firearms. However, the chief sponsor of the proposed bill, Delegate Luiz Simmons (D-Montgomery Couny), said the law is incapable of truly being enforced if police cannot use their database to pinpoint the individuals in question.

If passed into law, the new bill would require police to run a check twice a year in search of convicted felons with registered guns. Police, meanwhile, believe the linked systems would lead them to disqualify 10 percent of registered gun owners. That amounts to approximately 110,000 people.

As noted by the AP, California passed a similar law back in 2007. In a statement released by Simmons, the lawmaker said that since linking its registries, the California has collected more than 10,000 guns from convicted felons and is working on rounding up another 40,000.

Meanwhile, another Maryland bill targeting gun transactions has been proposed. According to the Baltimore Sun, the bill would prohibit gun sales from moving forward until a background check if fully completed. Currently, dealers may hand over a firearm after one week, even if the background check is still in process.

However, gun rights advocates have blasted the bill, saying it would allow the state to indefinitely delay gun sales because of a backlog of background checks that already need to be processed.

Consideration of these bills comes a little more than a month after a public shooting in Columbia, Maryland. As RT reported in January, a gunman opened fire in a local mall, killing two people and injuring another before taking his own life.

Comments (18)


Tessa 05.06.2014 14:28

This is why for so many years the FBI has been entrapping people then using the "justice" system to trump up the charges forcing people to accept plea deals or face lengthy incarceration. They are now coming back to confiscate the guns of anyone who hasn't been a good little worker drone. In other-words the people who are most likely to stand up to them.


Robert Brooks 03.06.2014 02:37

maybe I'm just dense, but what are the "new" reasons for disqualification? Aren't they the same as the "old" reasons?
Somebody help me please??????


Tom Harvey 16.04.2014 14:49

It's pretty scary to think of 100,000 felons with registered guns in my state. Of course, it's a good thing if we track them down, take the guns and maybe give them a little more time in the slammer.

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