Senator Frosh finally
ends his fight against civil
immunity and Gov. O'Malley signs SB 411 into law!
In four (4)
previous sessions (including 2009) of the Maryland General Assembly,
civil immunity bills were unanimously supported in the House, and moved on to the Senate,
where they landed in the Judicial Proceedings Committee and died
in Chairman Brian Frosh's desk drawer. Senator Nancy
Jacobs has been a constant beacon for Maryland women who want our
government to reaffirm our right to self defense, and although the
bill that finally passed was put forth by Chairman Frosh's
colleagues, it was a direct reaction to the inevitable truth
promulgated by Senator Jacobs that self defense is a civil right!
immunity protects a law-abiding citizen from frivolous lawsuits brought by
criminals or their families when a criminal is injured or killed
during the commission of a crime in a home or place of business.
has strongly supported this legislation year after year,
considering it important for women, the elderly, and people with
disabilities, who frequently are the targets of violent crime
because they are easy prey.
the 2010 session, SB 411 finally made it past Senator Frosh without
being sidetracked in his desk drawer, and was
strongly supported by both houses of the legislature. Governor
O'Malley signed this important bill into law!
Thank you Governor O'Malley for recognizing our right to self defense
without fear of civil litigation by our assailant. Can
we depend on your future support for our second and fourteenth
amendments per the DC v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago
for details about the 2010 session.