From NRA-ILA:

Fairfax, Va.— Chris W. Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, issued the following statement in reaction to today’s ruling by the federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Kolbe v. Maryland case.  The case challenges the legality of Maryland’s 2013 ban on so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The 2-1 decision sends the gun-control law back to a lower court for review because it “implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment.”

“The Fourth Circuit’s ruling is an important victory for the Second Amendment.  Maryland’s ban on commonly owned firearms and magazines clearly violates our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.  The highest level of judicial scrutiny should apply when governments try to restrict our Second Amendment freedoms.” – Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action


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The 4th Circuit has overturned a lower court ruling that had upheld Maryland’s ban on “scary looking” semi-automatic firearms. In Kolbe v. O’Malley, the district court applied “intermediate scrutiny” to the case. The appellate court found that this was in error; “Strict scrutiny” should have been applied. The case has been remanded to the lower court with instructions to apply strict scrutiny.

Some commentators are saying that this ruling places the 4th and 7th circuits in tension. That will depend upon what the district court does next. The district court could remain obstinate and twist the law into whatever shape it pleases to get the same ruling. If the 4th Circuit goes on to approve that ruling, then there would be no tension. However, if the 4th circuit refused to go along with a ruling like that, or if the district court now strikes down the law, then there would be tension between the circuits. This tension could trigger a review by the Supreme Court.

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I don’t mean to sound like it’s Pick On Maryland Day, but ya gotta wonder. First there’s former Democrat governor Glendening bitterly clinging to his failed “ballistic fingerprinting” boondoggle. Now former Democrat governor Martin O’Malley thinks that gun control will be a big winner for him… In New Hampshire. As the Union Leader puts it: “Good luck with that.”

O’Malley, also known as “Unidentified man“, wants to…

  • Ban “combat assault weapons” (i.e. scary looking guns)
  • Prohibit handgun possession by law abiding adults between 18 and 21 (They’re old enough to die in Obama’s wars, but not old enough to own a handgun?)
  • Prohibit firearm possession by women known to be in relationships with men convicted of domestic violence (So who’s really at war with women?!)
  • Prohibit DOJ from defending the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (Obama must be slapping himself for not thinking of this one first. Congress Schmongress!)

Someone really should check the pipes at Government House in Annapolis. There’s something funky growing in there.

(H/T: NRA-ILA)

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The State of Maryland has finally thrown in the towel on its “ballistic fingerprinting” scheme. After 15 years and $5,000,000, the program produced the following results:

  • Zip
  • Zero
  • Zilch
  • Nada

Not one crime was solved by the system. New York started a similar program at the same time, but they succumbed to reality in 2012.

The epic failure was signed into law in 2000 by then Governor Parris Glendening. Despite the program’s dismal performance, Glendening is sticking to his guns, so to speak. The Baltimore Sun quoted him as saying:

“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” said former Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat whose administration pushed for the database to fulfill a campaign promise. “It’s a little unfortunate, in that logic and common sense suggest that it would be a good crime-fighting tool.”

“Logic and common sense” may suggest that to be true, but the objective evidence says that Mr. Glendening should put the pipe down. He was warned at the time that the program was doomed to failure, but some gun muggles never listen. A gun’s “fingerprint” is not a static feature. Normal wear and tear changes the marks left on bullets and cartridge casings over time. Also, bullets and casings from different manufacturers are marked differently by the same gun. The program never had a chance of succeeding.

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Baltimore resident Tracey Halvorsen recently wrote about her frustration with living in Baltimore:

Life takes you places, you follow a course that isn’t completely of your own making. One day you wake up, and it’s really all up to you. So where do you want to live? I happen to live in a city. Baltimore, to be specific.

And I’m growing to absolutely hate it here.

I’m tired of hearing about 12 year old girls being held up at gun-point while they walk to school.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-ci-12-year-old-girl-robbed-20140206,0,5595591.story

I’m tired of saying “Oh Baltimore’s great! It’s just got some crime problems.”
http://baltimorecrime.blogspot.com/

I’m tired of living in a major crime zone while paying the highest property taxes in the state.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/06/city-baltimore-is-on-path-to-financial-ruin-report-says/

I’m tired of hearing about incompetent city leaders who are more fixated on hosting the Grand Prix than dealing with thousands of vacant buildings that create massive slums, and rampant crime.

I’m tired of being looked at like prey.

The unfortunate fact is that she’s looked upon as prey because she is.

Lions don’t pick on things that can kill them. They look for prey that can be easily, and safely, killed then eaten. They go after the weak; the ones who can’t fight back. Some thug on the street looking at her sees weakness. Of course, there’s a small chance that she’s armed, but it’s a vanishingly small chance. There are only a few hundred carry permits issued in the State of Maryland. There’s a 1 in 8473 chance that she’s the dangerous one in the herd. That young lion knows, with 99.988% certainty, that he can safely chow down on her.

Now of course, it’s highly unlikely that she’s the type of person who would arm herself. She probably considers a “rape whistle” to be overly aggressive. But that’s not how concealed carry works for people like her.

Concealed carry protects everyone by decreasing the young lions’ level of confidence. In shall issue States and localities, somewhere between 2% and 5% of the adult population will apply for permits. When the odds of meeting a “safe” victim decrease from 99.988% to 96%, the business of being a young lion gets a little more dicey. 96% may seem like good odds, but the point of securing prey like the author is to get money to get high; not to get into a gunfight. At some point, the risk becomes too high and the lion learns to become a jackal instead. He scavenges (i.e. commits property crimes) rather than make his own kills. So unless she goes about with a sandwich board reading “I’M NOT ARMED”, she gets mistaken for one of the dangerous members of the heard and she gets left alone.

If she’s wondering what else she could be doing to improve her city, she should note that her State gets an A- from the anti-gun lobby for its gun laws. She should be working to change that. She should be trying to make her State more like Wyoming.

They don’t have that lion problem in Wyoming, by the way.

(H/T: FreeRepublic.Com)

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No, that’s not really what Maryland State Sen. J. B. Jennings called his bill, but I like The Daily Caller‘s idea.

In response to an idiotic school administrator’s panty-wetting reaction to a 2nd-grader’s Pop Tart pistol, Jennings has introduced “The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013″.  SB1058 would:

[P]rohibit a principal from suspending or expelling a student who brings to school or possesses on school property a picture of a gun, a computer image of a gun, a facsimile of a gun, or any other object that resembles a gun but serves another purpose; prohibiting a principal from  suspending or expelling a student who makes a hand shape or gesture resembling a gun; authorizing a principal to suspend or expel a student who performs a certain action as a direct act of violence against another student on school property; establishing the maximum discipline for a student in kindergarten through grade eight who performs a certain action; establishing the maximum discipline for a student in grades nine through twelve who performs a certain action; prohibiting a certain action from being recorded in a certain school record under certain circumstances; authorizing a parent or guardian of a certain student to appeal a certain suspension; establishing certain grounds for discipline of a principal, a vice principal, a teacher, or any other employee who violates a certain provision of law; defining certain terms; and generally relating to the discipline of a student who brings certain objects or images of guns to school or makes a hand shape or gesture resembling a gun.

The bill also mandates counseling for any school employee who violates the provisions of the act. A 2nd violation in a school year will earn the employee a 1 month suspension. A 3rd violation will result in the termination of the offending employee.

You can’t fix stupid, but you can impose criminal penalties for it!

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