Task Force to Study Access of Individuals with Mental Illness to Regulated Firearms

Legislative authorization for this Task Force ended on May 31, 2013 (see Chapter 131 of the 2012 Acts of the General Assembly).

During the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislation was passed and signed into law establishing the Task Force to Study Access of Individuals with Mental Illness to Regulated Firearms. Comprised of a broad array of stakeholders, the Task Force was assigned to:

  1. study the adequacy of State laws and policies relating to:
    1. the access of individuals with a history of mental illness to regulated firearms; and
    2. the access of law enforcement officers to mental health records
  2. consider whether existing law adequately protects the public, as well as the civil rights of individuals with mental illness, and make recommendations as appropriate; and
  3. consider whether, and to what extent:
    1. there should be further limits on the access of individuals with a history of mental illness to regulated firearms; and
    2. the State should expand access of law enforcement officers to certain mental health records.

As required by law, the Task Force completed its report by December 31, 2012 and it is available to the public:

Report of the Task Force to Study Access of Mentally Ill Individuals to Regulated Firearms

In order to aid the discussion of these issues, a series of documents has been prepared and are linked to below.

In addition to the members of the Task Force, the co-chairs are seeking public comment on the following questions to better educate the Task Force and public on these issues:

  1. Under current law, a person is prohibited from purchasing a regulated firearm if they have been confined to a facility for more than 30 consecutive days. Should this requirement be amended?
  2. Under current law, a person must be determined to be dangerous in addition to their mental illness in order to be prohibited from purchasing a firearm. Should this requirement be amended?
  3. Should there be further limits on the access of individuals with mental illness to firearms?
  4. Does current State law adequately balance the rights of individuals to own firearms with appropriately protecting the public?

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Smith at (410) 693-7668.

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