On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a bill banning firearm possession within 100 yards of any place of public assembly.
After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York law making it difficult to obtain a concealed carry permit, the bill is now in effect. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a New York law made it difficult for concealed carry permits to be obtained. This invalidated similar laws in Maryland.
The new bill in Maryland’s largest county provides exemptions for security guards and law enforcement officers who are licensed to carry firearms. It doesn’t apply to firearms that are kept in the owner’s home.
Except for those exceptions, the prohibition on firearms is in effect in all public places. This includes “a park, place of worship, school, library, recreational facility, hospital, community health center, long-term facility, or multipurpose exhibition facility such as a fairground or conference center.”
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Gabe Albornoz, President of the Council, stated that guns create immeasurably greater problems than they try to solve, and often lead to tragic outcomes.
Albornoz stated in a statement that “this legislation will help us to ensure that we do all possible to minimize the amount of guns in our public spaces.”
“I am confident that the Maryland General Assembly will act, but due to the urgency of gun violence within our community, we could not afford to wait at the local level,”
In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, local governments and state legislatures across the country have been scrambling to enact new firearm laws.