MD House Committees Set To Hear Firearm Safety Act - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

MD House Committees Set To Hear Firearm Safety Act

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SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is no fan of HB 294, better known as the "Firearm Safety Act."

"Our law-abiding citizens, today, they're attempting to disarm them and I don't like it," said Lewis.

Along with five other Maryland Sheriffs, he recently rallied in Annapolis to throw their support behind gun advocates.

Lewis says that the state needs "vigorous prosecution and prosecute those carrying guns to distribute drugs all across our great state."

The Senate passed the bill on February 28th. If passed in the House, it would mean major changes like a ban on assault weapons and more rigorous background checks.
     
"Some portions of the bill that deal with some significant changes in the way that we deal with firearms and mental health issues and those sections of the bill are pretty solid," said Del. Mike McDermott (R, Dist. 38B).

But McDermott adds by the time the bill leaves the house, it will look much different than when first proposed by Governor Martin O'Malley.   

"We would like to see the state enforce what we have on the books before we create an entire another system," said McDermott.

"It's our right to possess those," said Lewis. "It's our right to use those and I have no intention of harming anyone."

The first hearing before the Maryland House of Delegates committee is set for Friday. McDermott says he expects a vote sometime next week.

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