On May 24, 2019, Governor Hogan issued a veto on the legislation that was passed by both Houses of the Maryland General Assembly to abolish the Handgun Permit Review Board.
The Handgun Permit Review Board is a Board that is comprised of 5 citizens that are appointed by the Governor to oversee the Maryland State Police in their determinations of granting or denying wear and carry permits for handguns.
The Governor, in issuing a letter to Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House, Adrienne Jones, stated that the protection of Marylanders is his highest responsibility and that the people have a right to feel safe at home, work, school or as they go about their lives.
Furthermore, the Governor stated that the legislature should focus its efforts in reducing gun crimes by career and repeat criminals. The Governor also noted that the legislation that he vetoed would do nothing to prevent handgun violence.
Hershon Legal and its principal, Edward Hershon worked very hard to oppose this bad legislation and is certainly glad that the Governor had the good sense to listen to his constituents and vetoed these bad bills.
For the full text of the Governor’s letter, please find it here: