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Victory for Maryland Gunowners/Sportsmen

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  1. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Thought everyone would be interested in this.

    Curt - Delaware

    Subject: Maryland's Encoded Ammunition Bill Fails

    2 for 2 so Far this session

    Maryland's Encoded Ammunition Bill Fails

    Major Victory for Hunters and Gun Owners

    Maryland's sportsmen and gun owners are heartened by back-to-back
    victories in the Maryland Legislature. A House of Representatives bill
    that would have required all handgun and several calibers of rifle
    ammunition sold in Maryland to be microscopically engraved with serial
    numbers by the manufacturers has failed.

    The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus backed by the Maryland
    Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation strongly represented the rights of
    hunters and shooters as it made its case to the House Judiciary
    Committee considering the bill. A representative from the National
    Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), its state affiliate - the Maryland
    Association of Firearms Retailers - and a score of sportsmen's and
    pro-firearms organizations testified at the Tuesday hearing of the bill.
    This victory comes on the heels of the failed 'Minimum Age Hunting
    License' bill withdrawn only one week earlier.

    HB517: The 'Encoded Ammunition' Bill received 'Unfavorable' status from
    the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, February 29 and was withdrawn

    Since there is no accompanying bill from the Senate, the issue is dead
    for this session.

    The details of the bill briefly stated; By January 1, 2009, all
    ammunition sold in Maryland required by handguns and a list of
    'assault-type' firearms included in the bill would have to be 'encoded'.
    This means each bullet and each casing would have been required to be
    laser engraved with matching serial numbers and each box of ammunition
    would have the same serial number as the ammunition - no two boxes of
    ammunition could have the same serial numbers. The owner of any
    regulated firearm that required encoded ammunition and owned un-encoded
    ammunition would have to dispose of it by January 1, 2011.

    The bill also called for a 5-cent tax to be added the price of each
    round. The tax-per-round would have gone into a special fund to maintain a
    database of all the encoded ammunition purchased in the state. Also,
    when an individual purchased a box of encoded ammunition, they were
    required to present their identification. Their personal information and
    how much ammo they purchased would have then been entered into the State
    Police database.

    The bi-partisan Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus is an affiliate
    of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), which is
    comprised of 34 state caucuses nationwide.

    "The defeat of the proposed 'bullet serialization' legislation in
    Maryland is as much a victory for law enforcement as it for sportsmen.
    Banning ammunition - which the bill would have effectively accomplished
    - is not the panacea for fighting crime as many proponents believe.
    Until our society realizes that criminals will always find a way to
    perpetrate their malevolent intentions against the right-minded
    citizenry, statutory measures to compromise our Second Amendments rights
    must always be stopped in their tracks. I am proud to say the Maryland
    Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus - in partnership with the Maryland
    Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation - will always serve as an invincible
    barrier to such harmful, misguided efforts within the State of Maryland.
    We also would like to recognize our NASC partner, the National Shooting
    Sports Foundation for their efforts to defeat this legislation," stated
    Senator John Astle, Co-Chair of the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's
    Caucus and incumbent President of the NASC Executive Council.
  2. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
    Good news for sure!

  3. laura!

    laura! Member

    Feb 18, 2007
    Thanks for the update Curt. Glad to know my state isn't competely insane.
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