CONGRESSMAN CHRIS VAN HOLLENMaryland’s 8th DistrictFor Immediate ReleaseFebruary 5, 2016CONTACT: Ian Jannetta – 202-225-1527Van Hollen Statement on 4th Circuit Ruling on Maryland Firearm Safety ActWashington, DC – Today Maryland released the following statement on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the Maryland Firearm Safety Act:“Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act makes our communities safer and saves lives. I strongly support Attorney General Frosh’s decision to appeal the misguided decision regarding one provision of the law.“Assault weapons and high capacity gun magazines are specifically designed to kill a lot of people quickly, and they have no place in our communities. I am confident that when this battle with the NRA and gun lobby is over, Maryland’s common sense ban on assault weapons will remain intact, just like similar bans have remained intact when challenged in other states.“The Firearm Safety Act also requires an individual to obtain a license before purchasing a gun in Maryland, just like you need a license to drive a car. This common sense provision is proven to save lives and has never successfully been challenged by the gun lobby in court because it is consistent with the Second Amendment. I will continue to fight to pass my federal legislation to encourage more states to implement permit-to-purchase programs.”BACKGROUND:Congressman Van Hollen has long supported expanding federal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, banning assault weapons, preventing those on the terrorist watchlist from purchasing weapons, and other common sense gun safety measures. He has also introduced legislation to help protect communities from the daily toll of gun violence.