Maryland’s new gun control law, The Firearms Safety Act of 2013, is piece of junk. It does nothing to stop or reduce gun-related violence. Instead, what it does do, it contravenes the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
You know this. I know this. But what’s interesting is that the former head of the firearms licensing division for the Maryland State Police knows this as well.
His name is Jack McCauley. Unfortunately, he no longer works for the MSP. He retired because, as he told Fox News, Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration was misleading the public about the sweeping gun-control law.
Now he wants to set the record straight.
“My goal is to educate the public, because the mainstream media and the governor’s office are intentionally lying to people,” McCauley told FoxNews.com.
McCauley tried to tell the truth about the draconian gun law when he was called to testify at a State House Judiciary subcommittee hearing prior to its passage. He was asked directly by one of the lawmakers if the then-bill would reduce crime.
“As I began to respond, I was commanded by Shanetta Paskel, the Deputy Legislative Officer for the Office of Governor Martin O’Malley, not to answer the delegate’s question,” McCauley said on a sworn affidavit.
McCauley told Fox News that if he was allowed to respond he would have said that the bill’s expanded ban on so-called “assault weapons” would not reduce gun-related violence because those firearms are almost never used in crimes and that the bill would have no effect on mass shootings.
“Immediately following the end of the meeting … Ms. Paskel explained why she ordered me not to answer, saying that the act was ‘not about policy; it is just [about] votes,'” McCauley’s testimony reads.
In other words, the optics of passing feel-good legislation as a way to appeal to voters is more important than actually passing a bill that would protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners while working to reduce crime.
“It’s an inconvenience regulation for gun owners,” said McCauley, regarding the bill. “It’s a right, and I believe it’s in our Constitution.”
“I’m a police officer who was sworn to uphold the Constitution,” McCauley continued. “I had no idea how badly we were trampling people’s rights.”