Maryland House Bill 52 - Gun Reciprocity with bordering states
By Scott Strzelczyk
The Maryland House of Delegates Judiciary Committee is currently reviewing House Bill 52 (HB52) entitled “Regulated Firearms – License Issued by Delaware, Pennsylvania, or Virginia – Reciprocity”, sponsored by Delegate Smigiel (District 36). The purpose of the bill is to specify that a license issued by any of the three aforementioned states to an individual to carry a regulated firearm, including a concealed regulated firearm, is valid in Maryland; and generally relating to regulated firearms.
Originally, the Bill of Rights did not apply to the States. Not until the 14th amendment was ratified as part of the reconstruction amendments did the Supreme Court apply the Bill of Rights to the states, excluding the 9th and 10th amendments. By virtue of that action the 2nd amendment also applies to states. The 2nd amendment explicitly provides that all citizens have the right to bear arms. It is clear, concise, and unambiguous.
Maryland has severe restrictions on the right-to-carry and Maryland requires a license to legally purchase a handgun in the state. Personally, I believe this violates Marylanders 2nd amendment right to bear arms. However, HB52 applies to citizens of the states adjacent to Maryland to bear arms in Maryland if they have the appropriate license in their home state.
In its simplest form this is reduced to who protects the individual in society. Gun control advocates believe guns result in more violent crimes and that the police provide protection, therefore citizens don’t need to own guns. Gun rights advocates believe in their individual right to bear arms according to the second amendment and to use those arms to defend themselves, their family, and their property.
This I did not know
Most citizens are unaware that police are under no legal obligation to protect them. Yes, that is correct! The police are there to serve the public good in general, not to protect any one individual. In fact, the court has ruled this to be the case. In Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1, the court held that official police personnel and the government employing them are not generally liable to victims of criminal acts for a failure to provide adequate police protection. In other words, if an assailant pulls you from your car at a stop light and beats you senseless, while a police officer watches the assault from their vehicle, the police officer doesn’t have to do anything to prevent or stop the crime. The police cannot be held liable for a lack of action on their part to protect you.
Not to mention that the police are not present to stop a crime, but rather they arrive after a crime has occurred. If a criminal enters your house at three in the morning to rob, assault, rape, or kill you, are the police present to stop the criminal? No, you are responsible for defending and protecting yourself.
All Marylanders should contact members of the Judiciary committee regarding HB52 and request the committee release the bill so the House of Delegates can vote on it. Below are the e-mail addresses of the House Judiciary Committee. Please send an e-mail to all members asking they release the bill from committee for a vote on the House floor.
Judiciary committee members and e-mail addresses: