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Gun Rights

Baltimore Gun Ban Bill Prompts Riot at Hearing

Written by Joe Scudder

The proposal to punish violations of the Baltimore gun ban more severely ended in violence and two arrests.

A meeting about a Baltimore gun ban turned violent. It seems some city council members feel that a minimum sentence of a year is reasonable as a penalty for carrying an unlawful firearm. I feel somewhat torn by this, since I’m a Second-Amendment absolutist. But if laws are in place and have been ruled Constitutional, I don’t see the point of having light penalties so that no one obeys the law.

Whatever the case, it looks like some people in Baltimore got really angry.

If these people were objecting to strengthening the Baltimore gun ban, they made a mistake. This kind of behavior is going to make others hope they are never armed.

CBS Baltimore reports, “Chaos Erupts At City Hall Hearing For Proposed Gun Bill.

Chaos erupted Tuesday at a Baltimore City Hall hearing for a proposed mandatory one-year sentence for possession of an illegal handgun.

It took just minutes for rising tensions to overflow.

Council members had issued several warnings to unruly attendees, but police were called to move in as activists clashed with council members, and people pushed back.

It ended with two arrests and a lot of upset people.

The Baltimore Police Department says a 29-year-old and a 27-year-old were arrested and will face charges.

At least one person was injured as police pulled people from the room, and an ambulance was called to the scene. Police say the 27-year-old who was arrested complained of chest pains after being arrested. He has been transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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