Katie Baker
For Immediate Release

Gansler Rolls Out Plan to Ban Concealed Weapons in Certain Public Spaces


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Moms Demand Action Gunsense candidate for governor of Maryland, today rolled out his plan to ban guns in a wide range of public spaces that include polling locations, playgrounds, and establishments that serve alcohol.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, Governor Hogan dropped the requirement that applicants demonstrate a “good and substantial” reason for a wear-and-carry permit. Gansler previously called out Hogan for failing to offer an alternative standard that would keep Marylanders safe.

Speaking in front of a playground at the Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center in Chevy Chase, which is an Early Vote site, Gansler proposed passing a law similar to that just enacted by New York.

“We need to have safeguards because no one wants to have guns in schools, in libraries, on the Metro, on the bus, on playgrounds, at polling places, at places where alcohol is being served,” said Gansler. “Those are easy to do. For whatever reason, Governor Hogan decided not to do that. We need to have a groundswell of support to make sure that we have limitations in place to keep people safe.”

The list of sites includes:

  • Polling Sites
  • Airports
  • Establishments that serve alcohol
  • Courthouses
  • Educational institutions
  • Daycare facilities, playgrounds, and other locations where children gather
  • Emergency shelters, including domestic violence shelters and homeless shelters
  • Entertainment venues
  • State and local government buildings
  • Health and medical facilities
  • Houses of worship
  • Libraries
  • Public demonstrations and rallies
  • Public transportation including the Metro and buses


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