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On Monday, March 20, the Maryland Senate is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 946.  It is important that NRA members and Second Amendment supporters contact their state Senator and politely urge them to support committee amendments to SB 946.

Senate Bill 946, an anti-gun bill sponsored by Senator Smith, creates a federally prohibitive criminal penalty for the possession of a firearm on a college campus in Maryland.  Those with wear and carry permits do not present a threat to public safety, as they are one of the most law-abiding segments of the population.  Current law already allows each university to set its own policy regarding the carrying or possession of firearms.  This legislation is a blanket prohibition that disallows schools from using discretion on their campus.

If adopted, the committee amendments would change the penalty of bringing a firearm onto a college campus from a prohibitive offense into a civil citation.  However, NRA remains opposed to SB 946 because it would prohibit law-abiding permit holders from being able to carry a firearm for self-defense on a college campus.

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