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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) is taking a firm stand against Maryland’s new gun control proposal, Senate Bill 488, slamming it for targeting gun owners and dealers rather than criminals.
Alan Gottlieb, CCRKBA Chairman, pulls no punches in criticizing the so-called Gun Industry Accountability Act, and Gov. Wes Moore’s claims that this law could curb criminal activity.
Gottlieb calls these assertions “borderline preposterous” and deems the idea of setting up a Center for Firearm Violence Prevention as a pipe dream that’s more about bureaucracy than actual crime fighting.
Gottlieb spotlights the disconnect between Maryland’s strong gun laws and its high homicide rate, citing the state’s ranking of eighth for gun law strength juxtaposed with its 14th place in homicides in 2022, with over 500 reported slayings.
He advocates for targeting criminals directly with measures like Three Strikes and Hard Time for Armed Crime, rather than penalizing law-abiding citizens and the gun industry.
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The proposed legislation, according to Gottlieb, does little more than shift blame from criminals to the firearms industry and gun owners.
“This new legislation creates the illusion that something is being done about violent crime involving guns,” he stated. “Instead, it merely shifts the blame away from the criminal and onto the shoulders of those in the firearms industry, and ultimately the honest Free State gun owners, who haven’t harmed anyone. There’s nothing fair, productive or morally right about that philosophy.
He challenges Governor Moore and like-minded Democrats to stop scapegoating gun owners and manufacturers and to start focusing on the actual perpetrators of violent crimes.
“It is already illegal for people, especially students, to have guns at schools,” he observed. “It’s already illegal to shoot people, commit armed robberies or carjackings, and carry guns without a permit, yet the criminal element in Maryland keeps doing those things with impunity. Passing laws that punish the wrong people is a failed strategy, and it’s time to try something else.”
In short, Gottlieb’s message to lawmakers: focus on the criminals, not the law-abiding citizens.
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