OK, finally got permission to post the highlights of the meeting.
Larry Hogan's plan for the 2A community as suggested and discussed on April 21:
Day one as Governor, replace the entire cabinet to include Secretary of the State Police and the Director of Public Safety and corrections.
Issue a directive to MSP, that self protection shall be a G&S reason for a carry permit. This would effectively make MD a shall issue state, without the need of the legislature.
Issue a directive that the one shot firearms certification for the HQL will be removed from the requirement.
Issue a directive that any and all administrative changes to licensing and dealers will be published in COMAR instead of changing at the whim of the individual in charge on a daily basis, based on how their coffee tasted that morning.
Revamp the Cease Fire Council, the Handgun Review Board, and the Handgun Permit Review Board.
Ehrlich was going to be our buddy in his second term. We waited for four years because it was smart, and still got nothing. In the unlikely scenario that a Republican becomes governor, I don't want to hear about him needing to lie low for 2018. Let's do the right thing now.
I think a Republican Governor can use executive order to enforce the 2A and override SB281 as unconstitutional. So winning the House and Senate may not even be needed. However, the current lawsuits that are pending against FSA2013 may take care of the issue as well.
At best we can expect a governor who won't push through more anti-gun BS, and who may make a few minor changes administratively, but won't do a thing beyond that. And what's really pathetic is that so many here will call that a "victory" for our side because we're accustomed to living in a liberal state, and any time we can slow down the train to tyranny, that's considered a win, even though nothing will ever happen legislatively that puts the train in reverse. Our hopes hinge on judicial proceedings and nothing more.
We in opposition are like bugs scurrying this way and that under foot of the empire. We have no organization, and can only mount feeble protests when our 2A rights are dismantled. Oct came and went with a whimper, it was almost embarrassing. sb 281 in most other states would have started a civil war. In Md, 100 people show up at a shopping mall to complain and then go home.
I agree. While Hogan caught my attention with his responses to taxes, I find his website to be very one dimensional. It really does not say much about him at all. The fact he does not mention 2A at all is telling.
Any repub candidate will need to have a few issues they support that are attractive to Md majorities. My read is that gun control is one battle Hogan does not intend to fight, with some possibility of a worst case that he becomes a Bloomberg style repub. That's where he could be a disaster if he decides 2A should be sacrificed to make him look more interesting to Marylanders.
Craig at least spells out his position and appears to be someone of integrity who would not conveniently change his mind as soon as it suits. He just doesn't seem to have any ability to make a majority, especially coming from the more rural part of Md. It's only a month to the primary and repub undecideds still far outnumber any given candidate.
If a dem wins, it easy to see 2A get the full court press and our situation get worse. Gun control is very popular here and democrats have a super majority. We in opposition are like bugs scurrying this way and that under foot of the empire. We have no organization, and can only mount feeble protests when our 2A rights are dismantled. Oct came and went with a whimper, it was almost embarrassing. sb 281 in most other states would have started a civil war. In Md, 100 people show up at a shopping mall to complain and then go home.
Might be time to look at the move to Va.