A Democratic state senator from Maryland wants to abolish the state’s Handgun Permit Review Board, which gun control advocates say has become too willing to overturn state police recommendations about who should receive a concealed-carry permit.
A bill proposed Monday by Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery) would dissolve the review board, which is staffed with gubernatorial appointees, and transfer the power to review permit denials to administrative judges.
Jen Pauliukonis, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, welcomed the legislation as stripping politics out of gun safety. She says the review board has overturned more recommendations from state troopers to deny permits since Gov. Larry Hogan (R) took office and reshaped the panel.
Hogan, a moderate who has largely refrained from weighing in on gun rights debates in the legislature, has appointed all five members of the handgun review board with the approval of the Democratic-majority state Senate.