By Eric Beasley
I sometimes wonder if I am too mean when describing the anti-gun Democrats here in Maryland. But then they do something even dumber and I realize they brought it upon themselves.
You see, Democrats have this uncanny inability to understand the effects of their legislation outside of a narrow window that they believe it will affect. Case in point, Maryland House Bill 703. Delegate Miller, Dumais, and Washington have all cosponsored the bill.
What does the bill do? Why is it so stupid? And how is this going to outlaw Civil War Reenactment?
From the LegiScan website:
Applying specified provisions disqualifying a person from possessing a rifle or shotgun to an antique firearm and altering the definition of “firearm” so as to clarify that the term includes an antique firearm.
So I’ll give them credit, for an anti-gunner there is a logical argument to restrict people from owning a musket if they cannot own a firearm. I completely disagree with their logic, but at least there is some sort of consistency.
But read that second part, and read it closely. “altering the definition of firearm so as to clarify that the term includes an antique firearm.“
The ATF defines an “antique firearm” as any firearm manufactured before 1898 (or a replica) which uses black powder and a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar ignition system to fire a round. Does that seem a little confusing? Basically, if the firearm was used in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, or the design is the same as a firearm from those eras, it is considered an antique.
How would this ban Civil War Reenactment?
Simple. Under this legislation, those muskets used by Civil War Reenactors would now be classified as firearms, not antiques. It is a crime in Maryland to carry a weapon on public property in plain view, otherwise known as “open carry.” No more Civil War Reenactors dressed up for parades. No more annual gathering at Antietam to memorialize the tragic event.
I sure hope the legislators in Annapolis see this for the terrible legislation it is before the long-standing traditions of Maryland prevent our children from being able to experience the rich Civil War history in this state.