Wednesday, January 16, 2013

MD Senate President: O'Malley's licensing might "trample on Second Amendment rights"

Maryland Senate President, Thomas Miller, Jr.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is meeting with some early resistance from a key ally for at least one part of his gun control proposals, as the state senate's president suggests that licensing "begins to trample on Second Amendment rights."

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who has otherwise expressed support for Gov. Martin O'Malley's plans to seek new gun control measures this year, expressed skepticism Tuesday about the governor's proposal to require licenses for handgun purchases.

"I think that will have probably a difficult time on the floor of the Senate," Miller told reporters after the morning Senate session. "Licensing begins to trample on Second Amendment rights."

Miller added that he still thinks a ban on assault weapon sales and limits on the bullet capacity of gun magazines can pass. "Absolutely, positively, unequivocally, yes," he said.

Btw, read Josh Kraushaar's take today on whether O'Malley and Andrew Cuomo's gun control pushes will help them in 2016.

What separates the pretenders from the contenders is the ability to anticipate the most consequential issues in 2016, not react hyperactively to the moment's headlines. Gun control is currently the issue du jour, with the White House exerting its pressure to pass ambitious legislation in Congress. But the prospect that successful Democratic presidential candidates will be embracing gun control three years from now is unlikely, even as it’s emerging as an early party litmus test in the wake of the Newtown shootings.

In a way, I agree. Remember how taking stimulus money in 2009 was going to totally define the 2012 primary? Didn't really happen -- partly because T-Paw was the only governor who took money and ran, but also, partly because stimulus just wasn't this visceral, perpetual, very personal issue.

Gun control is, which makes me think it might have more legs and actually matter as an issue in the '16 Democratic primary.

But at the very least, O'Malley and Cuomo have met the gun control threshold, and I can't imagine that a "me more... no, ME more" is going to matter in the end. Do they really get much more political benefit by going one step further than the other?