Maryland lawmakers declared their 2023 gun control agenda to expand gun-free zones where law-abiding citizens will not be able to carry for self-defense. This attempt flies in the face of the U.S. Supreme Court’s NYSRPA v. Bruen ruling, which affirmed that the Right-to-Carry applies outside the home. Gun control advocates have seized on the “sensitive places” language in an attempt to lend legitimacy to blanket restrictions on the Right-to-Carry for self-defense. As we have seen in other states, banning firearms in so-called “sensitive places” does nothing to promote public safety. Most concerning for Maryland, “sensitive places” legislation has had large portions struck down in court.
This patchwork of so-called “sensitive areas” does nothing more than create confusion for law-abiding citizens, while being ignored by criminals. The proponents seek to ban the Right-to-Carry in schools, places of worship, parks, libraries, and hospitals. Some have gone even further, introducing a measure to ban possession within 100 feet of not only those locations, but also places of “public accommodation,” such as restaurants. The reasoning? “It is a very serious public safety issue.” Proponents, however, fail to explain how disarming law-abiding, trained, and licensed individuals will accomplish safety from criminals who do not obey the law. They present no plan to disarm violent criminals, who already ignore existing laws.
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