From Del. Glen Glass:
Tonight, the gun bill passed through committee without substantial changes.
I do respect the views of other people, and that some of us think this makes us safer. I personally believe that we do not have to sacrifice our rights for safety. This county is founded on principles that are enduring, as enduring as this great county.
That is why I participated in the Democratic process tonight, with my colleagues, both Democrat and Republican to submit amendments for 8 hours in order to fix the bill. Some minor ones were accepted but not enough to change my view on the bill. All Republicans voted NO and some Democratic did as well.
I cannot vote for this bill because it affects law abiding gun owners and doesn’t touch crime. It makes the law-abiding citizens jump through hoops to protect their families.
It would be better to make the criminals learn how to make little rocks out of big rocks for a long time instead of punishing law-abiding Maryland citizens for exercising their right to bear arms.
Senate Bill 281 will go on the floor early next week where both Republican and Democrats will add amendments and try to take out the worst parts of this bill.
I also want to thank you all who took the precious time out of your day to contact me and the other Delegates and Senators. You came down to Annapolis, losing a day’s pay, to participate in the Democratic process. Thank you for standing for freedom, and know that I will always stand with you.
Your Delegate and Servant,