Maryland’s Firearms Safety Act of 2013 is protecting you!

Eight ways this historic legislation is working to save lives. 1. Requires all handgun purchasers to first obtain a license from the State Police after 4 hours of safety training and a fingerprint based background check. $50 fee. Based on evidence from other states, experts at the Johns Hopkins Center For Gun Policy and Research say this is one of the most effective tools a state can use to prevent gun violence. 2. Gives State Police strong authority to regulate gun dealers, allowing them to shut down rogue dealers whose guns result in a disproportionate number of crimes. 3. Requires gun...

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Amicus Brief Filed to Defend Firearms Safety Act of 2013

February 14, 2014 For Immediate Release Contact: Vincent DeMarco, 410-591-9162 Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence Files Amicus Brief to Defend Life-Saving Firearms Safety Act of 2013 On Friday, February 14, 2014, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence will file an Amicus brief in the United States District Court in Baltimore, in defense of the state’s landmark Firearms Safety Act of 2013. We commend the Office of Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, which has been highly effective in defending the Act from a challenge filed by the gun lobby, attempting to overturn certain important...

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Licensing handgun purchasers saves lives

Tweet Read the analysis by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health on the benefits of licensing handgun purchases. New Poll Finds Marylander Voters Overwhelmingly Support Licensing the Purchase of Handguns — learn more. Per Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health (see source): Research shows that discretionary PTP licensing and PTP licensing with fingerprinting prevent diversion of guns to criminals. A study of guns traced to crime in 53 cities that examined intrastate diversion of guns to criminals found that discretionary PTP licensing laws were associated with 64%...

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Calling All Faithful: National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath is March 13-16

On March 13-16, faith communities across the country will participate in the National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend. More than 50 national faith denominations and organizations are urging congregations to pledge participation at www.marchsabbath.org. Participating is as easy as incorporating a prayer, hymn, reading or educational activity into your already planned service. We know that in the six states where comprehensive gun violence prevention laws exist, there has been a significant decrease in gun violence. The problem is that many people don’t know about these success...

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Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence joins all Marylanders and Americans in holding in our prayers the victims of yesterday’s shootings at the Columbia Mall.

Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence joins all Marylanders and Americans in holding in our prayers the victims of the recent shooting at the Columbia Mall. We also commend the Howard County police and other first responders for the great and heroic work they did yesterday to save lives. Based on what we know, this tragedy could have been much worse. The shooter bought the shotgun he used at a gun store in Rockville, MD in December of 2013. This was after Maryland’s new Firearm Safety Act of 2013 went into effect on October 1. As a result of both this new law and a law passed in 1989...

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Attend the Firearms Safety Act Celebration

On October 1, the life-saving Firearms Safety Act of 2013, which we all worked so hard to enact, will take effect. Come celebrate with your elected officials and fellow gun violence prevention advocates!

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