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Maryland: Multiple Citizen Groups Unite to Prevent Senate Bill 281 from Being Implemented with NRA’s Support

Friday, September 27, 2013

Yesterday, with support from the National Rifle Association the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, Maryland Shall Issue, Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and several firearms dealers along with individual Maryland citizens, filed suit to stop the implementation and enforcement of Maryland’s planned ban on certain common and popular semi-automatic long guns and restriction on the purchase or sale of magazines with a capacity in excess of ten rounds.

The Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013, alternatively known as SB 281 (the “Act”), will ban the purchase, transportation or receipt of any of the listed semi-automatic firearms after October 1, 2013.  Additionally, the Act will ban the purchase or sale in the state of Maryland of any detachable magazine for either rifles or pistols that holds in excess of ten rounds after October 1, 2013.

This lawsuit, filed yesterday in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, requests immediate emergency injunctive relief in the form of a Temporary Restraining Order because the Act is an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment right of the law-abiding, responsible citizens of Maryland to choose effective firearms for defense in the home.

While the NRA is not a named party to this lawsuit, we are supporting the citizens of Maryland in this, and all future, defenses of their Second Amendment rights in every way we can.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated when more information becomes available.

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