Ammoland reports on Maryland's gun owner license code...
Remember when Nazi Germany insisted that members of a particular religion wear identifying symbols so they could be ostracized and oppressed by everyone else?
You may find that situation uncomfortably close to reality if you live in Maryland. Legislation introduced in both the state House and state Senate will require that gun owners have a special license to purchase handguns, and will mark their status as a license holder with a "scarlet G for gun owner" on their existing drivers license.
UPDATE: SaysUncle notes that he can't find that language in the bill. I looked, and I can't find it either; in my original post I was relying on the summary at Ammoland, specifically this language:
It is uncertain whether or not a "gun owner" designation on a driver?s
license will constitute "probable cause" to search a vehicle during a
routine traffic stop.
It could be I jumped the gun a bit by not checking the language myself.
The Supreme Court has issued a decision striking down the vast majority of the Campaign Finance Reform Act, normally termed McCain-Feingold for its two primary authors. This is a good decision that restores the right to free political speech. But our politicians are already promising to ensure that new restrictions on political speech are enacted. Why can't we have politicians who respect free speech and seek to advance it, rather than pass laws that are offensive to the Constitution and the First Amendment?
It's worth noting that the decision was 5-4. The 4 dissenting votes came from the so-called liberal wing of the court. It used to be that the rule of thumb was "vote Republican for economic freedom, and Democrat for social freedom." That's clearly changed. The new rule seems to be, "vote Democrat for tyranny now, vote Republican for slightly less tyranny." But occasionally they do get it right.