- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2002

ANNAPOLIS Second-degree assault, an offense that is not premeditated, would be removed from the list of crimes that automatically disqualify a person from having a firearm in Maryland under a bill filed in the House yesterday.
Delegate Kevin Kelly, Allegany County Democrat, said he filed the bill because Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. had not responded to an inquiry about another proposal backed by key lawmakers to curb the seizure of guns from and denial of gun rights to people with old or minor convictions.
That bill, also filed yesterday, would restore "civil rights" to people "sentenced to serve" 30 days or fewer for common-law misdemeanors. It also would restore rights to people who served more than 30 days and less than six months if more than 10 years had passed since the expiration of the sentence, including any probation or parole.
The efforts were driven by cases such as that of Donald G. Arnold, a private detective and former Maryland citizen of the year, who had his long-standing permit to carry a concealed gun denied.
Based on advice from Mr. Curran's office, state police refused to renew Mr. Arnold's permit because he had pleaded guilty to his involvement in a scuffle in 1969 with a war protester who called the Vietnam veteran a "baby killer."
"The AG's office is demonstrating to me unreasonableness, and I'm suspicious of whether he wants to see a compromise," Mr. Kelly said.
In 1999, Mr. Curran published a report advocating the end of all private handgun ownership.

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