Maryland Attorney General Supports Federal Law Banning People Convicted of Felonies from Possessing Firearms

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office issued the following press release on Wednesday, March 20:

Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief defending the federal law that prohibits people who have been convicted of felonies from possessing firearms.

In its brief, filed in U.S. v Prince, the coalition asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling that found the law unconstitutional.
“Keeping guns out of the wrong hands is vital to protecting and improving public safety,” said Attorney General Brown. “I am committed to upholding common sense gun safety laws,
including laws preventing people with felony convictions from having access to these deadly weapons.”

The coalition argues that the Second Amendment allows governments to enact sensible and varied regulations to protect the public. In addition to the federal law, nearly every state in the
country has imposed limitations on the possession of firearms by those convicted of felonies, and many have maintained those laws for nearly a century. The attorneys general also explain that
while the current federal restriction establishes a clear and manageable standard, any alternative approach would be burdensome and virtually impossible to manage.

Today, in a separate case titled Bianchi v. Brown, the Office of the Attorney General defended Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. This
2013 law banned assault weapons in Maryland, following the deadly 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Tomorrow (March 21), in the same
court, the Office will defend another law designed to enhance public safety – requiring most people to obtain a license before acquiring a handgun – in Maryland Shall Issue v. Moore. Both
hearings in the Fourth Circuit are rehearings before the full court of cases that have already been heard by three-judge panels. Attorney General Brown will continue to vigorously defend
common-sense gun safety laws to protect Marylanders.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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