Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Annapolis Hearings

The time is fast approaching where the liberty movement will need our support in Annapolis.  Join us on February 6th to help stop the state of Maryland from treading on your Constitutional rights, and to help support the property rights of yourself, your family, and your fellow Marylanders.

Courage to stand up and defend your unalienable rights is the only way we can stop the government's constant infringements on those rights.  Please show your support if you can, by making an appearance in Annapolis on the 6th.  Let's help crowd the Senate and House offices and place an image in the mind of our state senators that their constituents will not tolerate the attacks on our liberty.

The first hearing for the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, SB281 and the hearing for House Bill 106, which repeals SB236, the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act will be held in Annapolis on February 6th, 2013. 

 A hearing on SB391, which is the senate bill to repeal SB236 is scheduled for February 12th, 2013.

Hearings for SB281 will be taking place in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (SJPC). Hearings for HB106 will be taking place in the House Environmental Matters Committee HEMC.

If you do not plan to attend these hearings, you may contact members of the SJPC here and tell them you do not support SB281, and wish them to help protect your 2nd Amendment rights. You may also contact members of the HEMC here and let them know of your support for HB106.

If you would like to attend the hearings in person, or would like to testify or submit written testimony to show your support for your 2nd Amendment rights and your support for property rights, please note the necessary information below.

  • Parking is at the Navy/Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Catch the shuttle and ask the driver to let you off at the Senate Office Building
    • 11 Bladen St, Annapolis, MD
  • Pass through security with a Photo ID.  Leave any knives, multi-tools, et al at home.
  • Head to the hearing room and find a seat - though it may be too crowded, unless you arrive early enough.
  • If you intend to submit written testimony you will need 20 copies for the Senate, and it must be submitted by 11:00am.
  • Dress is business or business casual.  If testifying, we suggest business professional, such as a suit and tie.
  • Sign up sheets for testifying are located within each hearing room.  Please sign up to register your opinion, even if you do not plan to speak.
  • The SB281 hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00, though many have decided to come early to show their support for their second amendment rights.
  • The HB106 hearing also begins at 1:00, but again, most will arrive early, just in case times are updated the day of the hearing.

Please email all of your contacts our website and facebook event for the trip and the issues.



Also, if you or someone you know have not signed our petitions, please follow the links below to do so:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Repeal SB236

Now is the time! We have a champion for our Repeal of SB236! Delegate Mike McDermott (R-District 38B) sponsored House Bill 106 for us. This bill calls for a full repeal of SB236 which passed last year crushing property rights. We can remove that boot from our neck by fully supporting HB106 this year.

So, what can you do as a concerned citizen of Maryland to help this repeal pass?

1) Call and email Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Chair, House Environmental Matters Committee. Ask her to allow a vote on HB106 in her committee.

- Her email is maggie.mcintosh@house.state.md.us
- Her phone number is (410) 841-3990

2) Call and email Delegate Galen Clagett a local Frederick Representative who has not yet supported HB106. Ask him to support HB106.

- His email is galen.clagett@house.state.md.us
- His phone number is (410) 841-3436

3) Show up on Wednesday February 6th at the Environmental Matters Committee hearing on HB106 at noon to testify (or support those of us who are testifying).

Our bill will be heard in the Environmental Matters Committee on February 6th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. This Committee hearing will be held in Room 251 of the Lowe House Office Building. You have to sign up on the “Witness Sheet” in the House Environmental Matters Committee room by 12:00pm. We need patriots like you to come out to this hearing in Annapolis to testify in favor of this bill.

5) Email all of your contacts our website and facebook links on this issue. http://blog.frederickliberty.org/2012/11/repeal-sb-236.html
https://www.facebook.com/FrederickC4L

6) And finally if you know people who have not yet signed our petition to repeal SB236, please point them to it...
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGhqZTUwWTF0MF85bG9ISUZsRzhXUVE6MA

Thank you for your support in restoring property rights to rural Marylanders!

Friday, January 25, 2013

We understood that the gun grabbers in Annapolis lead by Gov. O'Malley would attempt to introduce legislation infringing on our constitutional right to bear arms, but we did not think that any of our local legislators here in Frederick County would be party to it. We were wrong. State Senator Ron Young of Frederick not only favors O'Malley's proposed outline, but he is co-sponsoring the bill! Click here for the text of the legislation.


Here are a few of the gems in SB281 being considered:
  • An assault rifles ban
  • Reduce from 20 rounds to 10 the maximum allowable magazine capacity.
  • Require a license for every handgun purchase and require mandatory safety training and fingerprinting.
  • Make it a crime to possess ammunition that fits any kind of gun for which the person cannot own legally.
  • Require gun dealers to send customers’ applications to Maryland State Police electronically, to expedite processing.
  • Require anyone moving into the state to register firearms they bring with them.

This is an outrage! We need to inform him of his folly soon - before there is a vote on this.

Please sign our petition to tell Senator Ron Young that his constituents oppose this bill. And please contact Ron Young directly:

Annapolis:(301) 858-3575 ext. 3575

Frederick:(301) 662-8520

e-mail: ronald.young@senate.state.md.us

Email or Call Ron Young and tell him NO on SB281 today!

Also please sign our petition to tell Senator Ron Young that his constituents oppose this bill.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chapter Meeting Re-cap, 1/17/13

Our January chapter meeting was one of our most successful, with 40 attendees and a fantastic speaker. Liza ran the meeting, allowing us to cover all of our material and still finish on time! Along with Frederick C4L regulars we welcomed local GOP officials, Tea Party leaders, and other newcomers.

Jaz introduced the new book review series, which is kicking off next chapter meeting with "Liberty Defined" by Ron Paul. Matt presented the 5th amendment and it's importance in our justice system, and then introduced Mr. Howard Wooldridge of Citizens Opposing Prohibition (COP), a career policeman who meets regularly with Congress to point out the flaws in current drug policy. Mr. Wooldridge provided the following facts:


  • The "War on Drugs" is in its 41st year and drugs are still readily available.
  • Almost 20% of the US prison population is incarcerated for non-violent drug charges.
  • These roughly 450,000 individuals directly cost taxpayers 10 billion dollars per year.
  • 1 in 13 police officers are full time narcotics officers, and any officer that patrols is part-time.
  • Nearly 1/3rd of FBI resources were diverted from terrorism by narcotics even after 9/11.
  • Switzerland reduced it's felony crime rate (and associated costs) by 60% by offering treatment instead of incarceration.
  • The opportunity cost of enforcing federal drug laws is of course the prevention and investigation of other crimes, such as murder, rape, and pedophilia. 
Howard is hopeful ("low to medium" in his words!) for legislation to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in 2016. Thank you for coming out and sharing your experiences with us!

Plans for manning our booth at the NRA Hunting and Outdoor show were discussed, post cards demanding respect from local legislators for the Second Amendment were distributed, and another successful Frederick County C4L Chapter meeting was wrapped up. See you at our next meeting, same time and place on February 21st!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Join C4L at the NRA Hunting Show 1/25 - 1/27

Frederick Campaign for Liberty will host a booth at the 4th Annual "Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show," January 25-27. Along with celebrating the American right of firearm ownership, essential in a free society, Frederick C4L will be offering visitors to our booth the opportunity to tell their MD State Senators what they think about local issues. We'll provide postcards for you to fill out about gun rights, the individual's right to their property, and the liberty that has made the United States the most prosperous and secure nation in the world. We'll send those on to your State Senators as a reminder that respecting the rights we're all guaranteed in the constitution is the only way to garner our support.

Join us Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in Building 13, booth 114.

Friday, January 25, 2013 • • • • • 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 26, 2013 • • • • • 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 27, 2013 • • • • • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

E-ventplex at the Frederick Fair Grounds
797 East Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21705

Admission is $10 for the public, $8 for card-bearing NRA members!

Monday, January 14, 2013

January Chapter Meeting - Frederick C4L

At 7pm this Thursday the 17th, Frederick Campaign for Liberty will host its January chapter meeting at Mistero Bar and Grille. This month's Bill of Rights discussion continues the series with the 5th amendment, written to protect your right to due process and against cases of legal "double jeopardy," and to ensure just compensation when private property is taken for public use.

Howard Wooldridge of Citizens Opposing Prohibition (COP) is a former career police officer and Frederick resident who makes annual presentations to every member of Congress. Informing our national legislature of the legally and socially perverse consequences that have accompanied the failure of the "war on drugs" since 2005, Mr. Wooldridge will share his vision for a freer and safer national drug policy. Regarding our recent efforts to protect liberty in Frederick county, updates will center around our efforts to repeal SB236 and "Plan Maryland".

Please join us at 7pm at Mistero for an evening of activism, education, fellowship and great food!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 MD House of Delegates Bills

There are some upcoming 2013 Maryland House of Delegates bills that are worth keeping an eye on.  Here are a few of them to consider as they relate to our liberties:


House Bill 1 - Banning Synthetic Marijuana
Listing cannabimimetic agents as Schedule I substances that may not be legally used,  possessed, or distributed.

House Bill 4 - Licensed Breweries Selling Beer
This bill would allow licensed breweries to sell beer for on-site consumption, without the current sample size, and brewery tour requirements.  However, it would limit the total volume sold to no more than 6000 barrels annually.

House Bill 17 - Open Primary Elections
This bill would allow voters to register to vote on the day of a primary election.  Effectively, this would let voters choose which party primary to vote in, on the day of the election; having an effect similar to that of an open primary.

House Bill 18 - Growlers In Anne Arundel County
This bill would allow certain bars and restaurants to sell and refill large beer containers, aka growlers, provided they meet a number of requirements.

House Bill 38 - Concealed Carry Handgun Permits
Repealing the requirement that a person have a "good and substantial reason" to carry a handgun and replacing it with a training requirement.

House Bill 50 - Economically Disadvantaged Net Worth
Currently, a business owner can qualify as "socially and economically disadvantaged" if their personal net worth is lower than $1.5 Million, and they qualify as a minority.  This bill would allow business owners to qualify as disadvantaged until their net worth reaches $3 Million.  

House Bill 59 - Dedicated State Funds Protection Act
Money set aside in Maryland for specific purposes, such as bay restoration, or road construction, have, in previous years, been taken from those funds, to instead be used to balance the General Fund.  This bill attempts to stop this from happening.

Waste-Of-Time Bills:
The following feel-good bills seem to pander to specific groups of Marylanders, and do not appear to be necessary for the proper governing of the State:
HB 13 State Designations – State Sandwich – Soft–Shell Crab Sandwich
HB 34 State Government  – Commemorative Day  – German–American Heritage Day
HB 37 State Government  – Commemorative Days  – Maryland Centenarians Day

New State Debt
The following bills propose that the State take on debt for the following purposes:
HB 2 Creation of a State Debt – Anne Arundel County – Meade High School Concession Stand
HB 5 Creation of a State Debt – Montgomery County – Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Space at the Silver Spring Library
HB 6 Creation of a State Debt – Montgomery County – Takoma Park Silver Spring Shared Use Community Kitchen
HB 42 Creation of a State Debt – Talbot County – Easton Head Start Center

For more information, you can also see the complete list of legislation introduced at the House for 2013.   You can also read the list of Maryland Senate Bills introduced for 2013.  For those who are new to watching our State government, here's a primer on Maryland's legislative process.