Gun Violence - Overview
UULM-MD worked in coalition with Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence (MPGV) to pass legislation that will help change the culture of violence in our state. On May 16, 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley signed The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (SB 281) into law. The law provides for a ban on certain assault-style weapons, limits magazines, and requires licensing of handgun purchasers, as well as better regulation of gun dealers. It also provides for stronger background checks to keep guns out of the hands of those who are not permitted to own guns.
The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 contains a comprehensive package of reforms to keep Marylanders safe from gun violence. The measure requires all handgun purchasers to undergo four hours of safety training and a background check that includes fingerprinting. It gives State Police the authority to regulate gun dealers, including the power to shut down those whose sales result in a disproportionate number of crimes. Lost or stolen guns must be reported within 72 hours. The law also limits gun magazines to 10 bullets, prohibits the sale of 45 models of assault weapons and copycats, and imposes new penalties for the use of cop-killer bullets in crimes. Finally, the law prohibits people who have had Probation Before Judgment for certain violent crimes, or anyone involuntarily committed for any length of time, from possessing guns.