Ten days away from implementation of Maryland's more stringent laws on gun purchases, licensing and training, Second Amendment advocates might be wondering if it could possibly get any worse for gun owners.
One House of Delegates candidate from Bethesda, Jordan Cooper, issued a proposal Wednesday that lives up to the worst fears of gun owners. But it might have appeal inside the Beltway in the district now represented by Sen. Brian Frosh, floor leader of the new control law.
Cooper's plan includes a total ban on assault rifles, biennial renewal of gun licenses, and government confiscation of guns not properly licensed or renewed.
Here's the full text of Cooper's proposal, tied to Monday's killings at the Washington Navy Yard, where the shooter's original weapon of mass murder was a shotgun, still one of the firearms easiest to obtain.
The full text
"In the light of this week’s horrific massacre of innocent civilians at nearby Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard, Jordan P. Cooper today released his legislative plan to begin combatting gun violence in Maryland and ensuring the safety of all our citizens.
The proposed legislative language reads:
WHEREAS firearms have taken the lives of far too many Americans; and,
WHEREAS firearms have increasingly been used in the perpetration of national tragedies; and,
WHEREAS current firearm regulations have proven insufficient at thwarting public massacres; and,
WHEREAS encouraging responsibility and accountability among gun owners is in the interests of all Marylanders; and,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:
1. THAT all assault rifles, without exceptions for those firearms
grandfathered in recent legislation, be outlawed in Maryland.
2. THAT to provide for responsible gun ownership in Maryland, all
firearms will be registered in a statewide database and that all firearm registrations will be regularly renewed on a biannual (24 months) basis.
3. THAT all firearms lacking registration with the state or having
expired registrations be surrendered to the State and that the State proactively seek to retrieve and confiscate all firearms with expired registrations exceeding six months.
4. THAT every firearm recovered from the scene of a crime or
discovered to be in the possession of a convicted felon is cross-listed with this firearms registry database.
5. THAT to penalize straw purchasing of firearms, the owner of
every firearm used in a homicide or robbery be penalized in accordance with the determination of the Secretary for the crime regardless of their (non)-involvement in the crime.
Cooper has a master's degree from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.