Dozens Turn Out for Saturday Gun Rights Rally

State senators and delegates spoke to the crowd rallying against recently-passed gun control legislation.

Several dozen people turned out for a gun rights rally Saturday in Bel Air. 

The Aegis reports "at least 60" turned out for the Saturday rally in front of the Harford County Courthouse.

The rally was planned to thank local state legislators. The entire Harford County delegation in the General Assembly voted against the package of new gun control measures, which nevertheless passed the House of Delegates and state Senate. Some of those senators and delegates spoke to the crowd.

"The gun bill was a terrible piece of legislation," Sen. J.B. Jennings said, according to The Aegis. "It was an issue that did not address what they were trying to deal with; it did nothing to address mental health, crime—no where in the bill does it deal with increasing penalties. It's absolutely ridiculous when you look at the bill."

The law includes a ban on assault weapons purchases and a 10-round limit for handgun magazines and requires fingerprinting and licensing for handgun owners.

Opponents of the bill, including representatives of the National Rifle Association, opted not to pursue a large scale referendum effort against the law. Instead, they are planning to fight the law in court, WJZ reports. New York, Colorado and Connecticut have passed similar reforms since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT in December.

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Steve April 29, 2013 at 06:14 PM
"Friends don't let friends vote Democrat" must have drawn a lot of guffaws from the Fudds but that mindset is the very reason the pro gun organization are impotent in this state.
1ke April 29, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Really packed 'em in.
Steve April 29, 2013 at 07:03 PM
40 people with 10 of them being politicians. Underwhelming to say the least.
heckrulz April 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Why do you leave it up to several dozen (80+) to protect your 2nd Amendment right?
1ke April 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM
I need a gun about as much as I need an electric bird cage. And I have not invested heavily in either.
heckrulz April 30, 2013 at 01:25 PM
That is your right....I believe I need my AR-15....no one has the right to take it!
OldHarfordCounty April 30, 2013 at 01:28 PM
I just love the racism of the Maryland Legislator. They propose these laws throwing out that we do not want to be the next Columbine, Nickel Pines, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook. But nothing they did this session will help drop Baltimore's 217 murders last year up from 197 in 2011. They don't even seem to care about young black men getting killed. Just the chance the young white kids will get killed. Want something fun? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_murder_rate How's that Baltimore. Most of the cities on that list will have a warning from the US State Department warning against visiting. What did the legislator do to try and fix this. Nothing. Taking the guns out of the hands of people in Bel Air and Elkton is going to doing nothing for the crime rate. But one part of the Constitution took a hit. Maybe next we can go after the First Amendment and make it illegal to show pictures and give names of violent criminals so they don't become someone's hero.
1ke April 30, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Excellent. Pay your fees and go stand in front of the courthouse to protect your own right to continue owning your BAR, your cheapo AK knockoff or whatever. You can even drive up and down I-95 with it broke down and in the trunk. Is this the extent of your political interests?
Steve April 30, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Every illegal gun started out as a legal one.
OldHarfordCounty April 30, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Every criminal started out as a baby. So if we don't have babies we won't have criminals. Like that Steve?
crystal April 30, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Wish I knew about this event. I definitely would have been there
heckrulz April 30, 2013 at 03:19 PM
There is one this Saturday in HDG......<http://hdggunrally.com/>
heckrulz April 30, 2013 at 03:22 PM
7 to 10 years mandatory minimum for crimes comitted with a gun.....that will lower gun crime!
James C. Stewart April 30, 2013 at 05:49 PM
I am for the right of people to have a gun for target shooting, hunting or for protection, but I think no one NEEDS to have an AR 15 or similar weapon...they just WANT one. Perhaps it gives them a sense of power or helps build their self confidence within themselves that they would not normally have!..and that's kind of scary for that type of personality to own a weapon like that in the first place. But if they must have one, why are they so against registering it! Why is it they are ok with registering their cars, getting hunting license, fishing license, etc. but when it comes to a weapon that is created for the sole purpose protecting the people by military or police use they say the government is taking their rights away. Actually they are taking away my right to feel safe in my own neighborhood and fearful for the lives of those who protect us. Perhaps if the people that want one of these weapons were to be ridgedly trained by state, as we are to drive a vehicle, and there is a more stringent criminal and mental background check, the issues we are having would be lessened significantly although not totaly removed. I think most of the people wanting these weapons are paranoid about the federal government taking their freedoms away .
franking April 30, 2013 at 06:25 PM
You didn't NEED to express that opinion without the government stopping you from doing so.
703 April 30, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Electric bird cage... LOL Hey, wait.. you might have the answer to the illegal immigration issue?
heckrulz April 30, 2013 at 07:44 PM
If you buy an AR-15 or most any firearm, you must complete a background check, especially here in Maryland....how does my having an AR-15 make you less safe?? Should you be required to register your keyboard since you use it to espouse your First Amendment right? The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting.....
Steve April 30, 2013 at 08:27 PM
That's not true. You can buy an AR-15 in a private sale with no background check. There was a guy in line at the Timonium show with one for sale Cash and Carry.
John Bellmyer April 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM
And Steve, if that guy selling the AR and the guy buying the AR make a deal then they are both breaking the law. Ar's are a controled weapon the same as handguns and registration proceedures must be followed or a person could face a heavy fine and jail time. If you had taken the time to read SB 281 that was passed by a straight party line vote you would see that nothing in the bill addresses the criminal element and will only effect the law abiding citizen. I was in Annapolis at many of the hearings and witnessed numerous amendments submitted that dealt with the criminal element only to be shot down by the democrat controlled committee. Apparently you only went to the rally in Bel Air and the show in Timonium so you could latter voice your un-educated opinions here. ar
heckrulz April 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Even at gun shows private gun sales are the exception....not the norm.....most gun shows I have been to gun sales require a background check.....criminals are not getting their weapons at gun shows!
Otto Schmidlap May 01, 2013 at 12:59 AM
For the 878th time...when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
Biscuit May 01, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Actually, currently, the "HBAR" of the AR-15 is sold on from Dealers on just a Federal Form 4473 in Maryland, meaning, private face to face (both Maryland residents) as long as the HBAR is configured as HBAR at time of sale is perfectly fine. http://www.mdsp.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=835OWi-sH2U%3D&;;;;; Don't forget someone may have mistaken an "AR-15" for what was actually an FN SCAR, or another common rifle that looks similar, not an AR-15, and also not on the current 'Assault rifle list.' Example; the FN SCAR (when available) is sold just on a Federal Form 4473, just like every other non regulated long arm in Maryland from an FFL, Cash and carry. Keep in mind the current "Assault rifle" list is OLD, and the entries of the rifles that on the list were the ones selected at the time of legislation. Also keep in mind, currently, the "assault rifle" list could never be added to/updated. Unlike the "Handgun Roster" which approves handguns to be sold based on new manufacturing. It required legislation but since nothing ever happened until SB281, over the past decades lots and lots new rifles have been on the market that are now on the SB281 "Assault weapon" list based on features. http://www.oag.state.md.us/Opinions/2010/95oag101.pdf Here is also the Attorney General Opinion's of the word "Copy" as it pertains to similar looking .22LR Rifles that look like AR-15s, and are sold as unregulated in the state currently (which could have been mistaken as well)
Dick NIxon May 01, 2013 at 02:54 PM
The Second Amendment isn't to protect you from the deer, or allow you to participate in sport shooting. It's to protect you from tyranny, government abuse and overreach. And what is the PURPOSE of registering a firearm with the Fed govt anyway? Will that stop intruders from breaking down your door, killing you and your family? What EXACTLY will it accomplish, other than let govt know where to go to seize your weapon when it pleases? And what is your problem with people being ALLOWED to defend themselves, anyway?
CraigS May 01, 2013 at 04:01 PM
i always love the more training argument. i think we can all agree things would not be better if any of the psychos who went on shooting sprees were better trained in the use of weapons.
Steve May 01, 2013 at 06:53 PM
LOL That's funny coming from you Kongo, a person who isn't even allowed by law to posess a firearm.
1ke May 01, 2013 at 09:22 PM
I thought that was Balt Observer a.k.a. B.O. Kongo. Hmmm. Plays the drums and tootles his flute.
1ke May 02, 2013 at 01:16 AM
B.O. ---> Kiefaber's therapist. Don't listen to him, Steve. LMMFAO
1ke May 02, 2013 at 01:46 AM
See you at the movies...you sitting in the back row in your top hat.
1ke May 02, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Tommy on the microphone. Haw haw.
Steve May 02, 2013 at 02:48 AM
LOL BO/Kongo/ ElCapitan can't post from his office anymore. That's funny as shit!


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