Please call your representatives and ask them to support HB 786, which would close a dangerous loophole in Maryland’s gun safety laws. And/or send a postcard online (link below)
Heather Bagnall 410-841-3406
Michael Malone 410-841-3510
Sid Saab 410-841-3551
For two decades, Maryland has required criminal background checks for all sales of handguns. House Bill 786 prohibits felons, domestic abusers, and others from buying handguns — but it doesn’t apply to private sales of long guns, like a rifle or a shotgun
This loophole means a person with a dangerous history can easily obtain a gun and avoid a background check by finding a private seller – including online sales and gun shows – to purchase a rifle or shotgun.
Maryland should close this loophole by requiring private sellers to run a background through a licensed seller, as the law already requires for private handgun sales.
Link to postcard: