From the House Republican Caucus:
House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga issued the following statement in response to the Maryland State Police announcement that citizens could take possession of handguns without being subject to provisions of SB281 if they make their purchase before the October 1st effective date.
“Monday, September 30 is the newly approved deadline for Maryland citizens to purchase handguns and not be subjected to the restrictive Firearm Safety Act of 2013 passed earlier this year. We applaud the decision by the Maryland State Police to reverse their previous position that mandated possession of newly purchased firearm by the deadline.
Thanks to the poor planning and implementation of this convoluted legislation by the O’Malley/Brown Administration, the State Police has a huge backlog of applications, delaying the ability of citizens to pick-up their handguns before the October 1st deadline. The members of the House Republican Caucus, along with Second Amendment advocates, have been working to protect the Constitutional rights of Marylanders through this process and will continue to hold the Administration accountable. We continue to have serious concerns about who is processing the handgun owner applications and urge Governor O’Malley to immediately restrict processing of those applications to State Police personnel.”