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New Michigan bill seeks to allow concealed weapons in schools and churches

New Michigan bill seeks to allow concealed weapons in schools and churches A state representative in Upper Peninsula of Michigan has just introduced a controversial new bill that has ignited conversations amongst residents. The new bill will essentially allow legal firearm owners with concealed carry permits to take their guns in previously gun-free zones such as schools and other establishments. The proposal [more]

Airbnb currently running background checks to ban sex offenders and criminals

Airbnb currently running background checks to ban sex offenders and criminals With the prominence of social media and online services, tourists are now becoming more comfortable using online marketplaces for their travel plans. Airbnb is one such service that is becoming quite popular here in the country. In fact, Americans are spending millions of dollars within the app itself as staying [more]

2017 'NICS Retailer Day' registrations now open, one-day event to include presentations and on-site assistance

2017 'NICS Retailer Day' registrations now open, one-day event to include presentations and on-site assistance The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has now called all Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) and interested parties to join its upcoming event that will include several useful resources and presentations pertaining to licensing and gun ownership. The event called the "NICS Retailer Day" will be held on July 25 at [more]

Florida concealed carry permit holder's info hacked, names and Social Security numbers stolen

Florida concealed carry permit holder's info hacked, names and Social Security numbers stolen Florida state officials have just announced that thousands of Florida residents who currently possess firearm concealed carry permits may have just had their information compromised. Thousands of names of holders and hundreds of Social Security numbers were reportedly stolen by hackers. The data breach was initiated through the online payment system [more]

Arizona passes new law targeting Tucson's current gun laws

Arizona passes new law targeting Tucson's current gun laws The state of Arizona has passed a brand new State Bill, which is obviously aimed at Tucson city's stubborn stance on firearm background checks. The new law is specifically targeting the private sale of guns amongst citizens. A city ordinance that required background checks for gun sales was passed more [more]

Proposed Colorado Patient Safety Act Dies in State Senate Committee

Proposed Colorado Patient Safety Act Dies in State Senate Committee A new legislation that would have required health care workers in  Colorado to undergo a fingerprint background check has now been stopped dead in its tracks in the state's Senate committee. The bill was an effort by Democrats to disqualify convicted felons and known offenders from holding sensitive positions in [more]



Maryland Background Check and Gun Laws

In addition to having a Maryland driver's license, Maryland requires all gun purchasers to watch a safety video before purchasing a "regulated firearm". Once complete, the purchaser is issued a certification card. Every time you purchase a regulated firearm in Maryland thereafter, you must present this card to prove you have watched the safety video and understand. An online program offered by the Maryland Police Training Commission can also fill this requirement with the purchaser receiving the card at the end of the online lecture.
 
Maryland State Police also maintains a database of all "regulated firearms" purchased in the state. A regulated firearm in Maryland includes all handguns and so-called "assault-style" rifles. Assault style rifles include all AK-47 style rifles, CETME/G3, FAL and copies, etc. When purchasing a regulated firearm, there is a seven-day waiting period before the purchaser can pick up his gun. During this seven-day waiting period, Maryland State Police conducts its own background check, which includes juvenile records, and, if the transaction is approved, they record the firearm serial number and owner. If a legally-registered gun owner commits a felony in Maryland, Maryland State Police uses their database to obtain a search warrant and confiscate any and all firearms in that person's possession.
 
Maryland tightly restricts the issuance and use of concealed carry permits. An individual must either prove that their employment requires the transportation of large amounts of cash or, in the case of security guards and private detectives, that the use of a handgun is required to perform his or her duties. Individuals citing personal protection must produce documentation of death threats supported by police reports; even then, permits have been denied in some cases. Almost all permits have tight restrictions on their use; for example, a licensed business owner or employee may only legally carry concealed while in the act of transporting cash from his or her business.
 
New handguns sold in Maryland must include a sealed envelope, provided by the manufacturer, containing a shell casing from a cartridge fired by that gun. When the gun is sold, the dealer must send the envelope with the shell casing, along with information identifying the purchaser, to the state police, for inclusion in their ballistics database, known as the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS).
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