Annapolis, MD- October 1 is a day when new laws take effect in our state. Laws recently taking effect pertained to the 10-year sealed smoke alarms, and the expanded “Move-Over” law. Also on October 1 new gun control laws took effect.
One part of the new gun control laws to take effect are “Red-Flag” laws. These laws allow police, medical professionals, close relatives or dating partners to seek court action to temporarily restrict a persons access to firearms if they are found to be a risk to themselves or others.
This law comes on the heels of three high-profile Maryland shootings last year, one at Great Mills High School, in Great Mills, MD, where 16-year-old Jaelynn Wiley was shot and killed by a classmate and another where a man killed five employees at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis,MD. Just recently a woman, whom had been diagnosed mentally ill in 2016, but legally purchased a firearm, killed three people at a Aberdeen warehouse.
A loophole was closed in cases involving convicted Domestic abusers. People convicted in Maryland under Domestic Abuse laws are already prohibiting from possessing and purchasing firearms, but because of the loophole they were not required to give up any firearms they owned before the conviction. That loophole has now been closed.
A new law banning bump stocks took effect Monday also. Bump stock increase the firing rate of semi-automatic firearms. Bump stocks were used in the mass shooting that killed 58 people in Las Vegas just one year ago.
The Democrat legislature of Maryland has enacted some of the strictest gun laws on the country and more laws are expected in the coming legislative session.
“It’s tragic, and there’s no easy answer,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “We have the toughest gun laws in America, but I’ve moved to make them even tougher and to try to make sure that we cover some of these loopholes.”