Garrett Co. sheriff plans selective enforcement of new gun law

OAKLAND — Garrett County’s sheriff is asking county commissioners to support selective enforcement of Maryland’s new gun control law.

Sheriff Robert Corley voiced his opposition to the new law at Tuesday’s commissioners meeting and presented the panel with a resolution he says protects citizens’ rights. The Cumberland Times-News reports that Corley plans to reserve enforcement of the new law except when someone is suspected of a violent crime, has been convicted of a prior felony or has been adjudicated with a dangerous mental illness.

“I’m asking you to join me in my commitment to the law-abiding citizens of Garrett County because such enforcement will greatly reduce the likelihood of criminalizing law-abiding citizens,” said Corley.

The law set to take effect Oct. 1 gives Maryland some of the nation’s tightest gun restrictions, which the National Rifle Association plans to challenge in court. Part of the law requires people to submit fingerprints to the state police to get a license to buy a handgun and bans 45 guns and limits gun magazines to 10 bullets. It also bans gun ownership by people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility.

Corley says the resolution resembles resolutions in Carroll and Cecil counties that state the law infringes Second Amendment rights. Two commissioners supported the resolution and Commissioner Jim Raley suggested soliciting citizen input and a review by legal counsel.

“Thanks for taking a stance. It’s an emotional issue. I am disappointed in the attorney general’s stance,” Raley said.

Corley said that he will enforce the law as he sees fit.

“I’m not asking for your blessing,” Corley said. “I’m asking for your support.”

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