A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.The U. S. Constitution overrides any conflicting laws, edicts, rules or regulations:
Source: Bill of Rights, Second Amendment (ratified 1791, and still the Law of the Land)
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.And the Maryland Constitution also provides for the supremacy of the U. S. Constitution:
Source: Article VI, U.S. Constitution
The Constitution of the United States, and the Laws made, or which shall be made, in pursuance thereof, and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, are, and shall be the Supreme Law of the State; and the Judges of this State, and all the People of this State, are, and shall be bound thereby; anything in the Constitution or Law of this State to the contrary notwithstanding.
Source: Maryland Constitution, Article 2
The provisions of the Constitution of the United States, and of this State, apply, as well in time of war, as in time of peace; and any departure therefrom, or violation thereof, under the plea of necessity, or any other plea, is subversive of good Government, and tends to anarchy and despotism.The Maryland Constitution requires public officials to take an oath promising to support the U. S. Constitution:
Source: Maryland Constitution, Article 44
Every person elected, or appointed, to any office of profit or trust, under this Constitution, or under the Laws, made pursuant thereto, shall, before he enters upon the duties of such office, take and subscribe the following oath, or affirmation:
I, _______________, do swear, (or affirm, as the case may be), that I will support the Constitution of the United States; and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of Maryland, and support the Constitution and Laws thereof; and that I will, to the best of my skill and judgment, diligently and faithfully, without partiality or prejudice, execute the office of ________________, according to the Constitution and Laws of this State, (and, if a Governor, Senator, Member of the House of Delegates, or Judge,) that I will not directly or indirectly, receive the profits or any part of the profits of any other office during the term of my acting as ___________ (originally Article I, sec. 6, renumbered by Chapter 681, Acts of 1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978).
Source: Maryland Constitution, Article 1, Elective Franchise, Sec. 9
Every person, hereafter elected, or appointed, to office, in this State, who shall refuse, or neglect, to take the oath, or affirmation of office, provided for in the ninth section of this Article, shall be considered as having refused to accept the said office; and a new election, or appointment, shall be made, as in case of refusal to accept, or resignation of an office; and any person violating said oath, shall, on conviction thereof, in a Court of Law, in addition to the penalties now, or hereafter, to be imposed by Law, be thereafter incapable of holding any office of profit or trust in this State (originally Article I, sec. 7. Thus renumbered and amended by Chapter 681, Acts of 1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978).Despite the plain language of the U. S. Constitution:
Source: Maryland Constitution, Article 1, Elective Franchise, Sec. 11
... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.and their oaths to "support the Constitution of the United States," the following Prince George's County legislators have broken their solemn promises and are sponsoring bills that do infringe the right to bear arms. These legislators may split hairs, huff and puff, rationalize and spin but the simple fact is that they are doing what they promised not to do. If they were the kind of honorable people they claim to be, they would work in the open to amend or repeal the Bill of Rights. Instead, they dishonor their oaths and responsibilities by working hard to evade the "supreme law of the land."
- District 21
- Sen. Jim Rosapepe (SB 281, SB 539)
- Del. Barbara Frush (HB 107)
- Del. Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk (HB 107, HB 294)
- District 22
- District 23
- Sen. Douglas J. J. Peters (SB 281, SB 539)
- Del. James W. Hubbard (HB 294)
- Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith (HB 294)
- District 24
- District 25
- District 26
- District 27
- District 47