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Maryland: House Judiciary Hearing Oppressive Dealer Requirements

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Maryland: House Judiciary Hearing Oppressive Dealer Requirements

On Wednesday, at 1:00PM, the House Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 1021, to impose unreasonable burdens on gun stores and drive them out of business. Please contact committee members and ask them to OPPOSE HB 1021.

House Bill 1021 requires all licensed firearm dealers to have video surveillance, burglary alarm systems, bars or security screens on doors and windows, and physical barriers to prevent ramming by vehicles. It also requires dealers to lock away all firearms outside of business hours in vaults, safes, or the undefined and vague “secure room.”

This places expensive requirements on Maryland’s licensed firearm dealers, most of whom are small businesses, during a time when they suffer from inventory shortages and inflation. Many dealers will close down and new entrepreneurs will be unable to afford to enter the industry. Those who do remain will have to pass these costs onto law-abiding gun owners. Either outcome will make it more expensive and difficult for Marylanders to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Don’t forget to forward this email to your family, friends, and fellow gun owners and ask them to, also, contact committee members urging them OPPOSE HB 1021.  


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