Closing loopholes in Maryland law
Giffords worked closely with local advocates on the Criminal Gun Transfer bill, which would have kept guns out of dangerous hands by requiring the court system to tell a person that he or she cannot legally own guns when they are convicted of a disqualifying crime. An attorney from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence testified as an expert in support of the bill, which also laid out guidelines for a proper removal of those firearms from people who cannot legally possess or own firearms. Additionally, Giffords testified in support of HB 159, the Weapon Free Higher Ed Zone bill, which would have protected Maryland students and faculty from gun violence by prohibiting guns on state college and university campuses, including in dorms, unless explicitly allowed. In 2016, Giffords testified in support of legislation to close the terror gap loophole in Maryland, which allows known or suspected individuals on the terror watch list to purchase firearms.
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