Maryland Senator Has Problem Understanding The Word “Private.”

Manno-ROHSenator Roger Manno is a Democrat representing the 19th District (Montgomery County) in the state of Maryland.

Manno seems to be a well educated man, having earned a degree in Political Science from Hunter College in New York and then getting a JD from the Franklin Pierce Law Center (New Hampshire) in the area of intellectual property.

Sounds okay so far, right?

Yet stunningly, Manno has introduced a bill into the Maryland State Senate that would prohibit weapons such as a knife or a gun on school property. If the bill dealt with public schools, that would be fine. We would disagree with him on many issues, but at least he has some standing on public official making policy and law concerning public property.

But Manno went further.

SB 353 proposes a ban on weapons on private school property as well.

Part of the bill reads:

(b) A person may not carry or possess a firearm, knife, or deadly weapon of any kind on public OR PRIVATE school property.

(c) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.

The bill allows for some exceptions as to who may carry a weapon on private or public school property:

(a) This section does not apply to:
(1) a law enforcement officer in the regular course of the officer’s duty;
(2) an off–duty law enforcement officer who is a parent, guardian, or 1 visitor of a student attending a school located on the public AND PRIVATE school
property, provided that:
(i) the officer is displaying the officer’s badge or credential; and
(ii) the weapon carried or possessed by the officer is concealed;
(3) a person hired by:
(I) a county board of education specifically for the purpose of guarding public school property; OR
(4) a person engaged in organized shooting activity for educational purposes; or
(5) a person who, with a written invitation from the school principal, displays or engages in a historical demonstration using a weapon or a replica of a 14 weapon for educational purposes.
(b) A person may not carry or possess a firearm, knife, or deadly weapon of any kind on public OR PRIVATE school property.

Right off the bat there are issues.

Kitchen staff cannot posses a knife for the cutting of food. People in the warehouse or storage areas cannot posses a box cutter for the purpose of opening packages, shipping cartons, boxes, etc. People such as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, handymen, etc who regularly carry a knife as part of their tool kit would be subject to arrest and conviction – even if the knife was kept on their work vehicle and never brought into the school. Razor knives such as X-acto knives used in art classes would be banned. Marking knives in shop classes would be banned.

Manno either never thought this bill through or is so bereft of subject knowledge that it boggles the mind.

However, the elephant in the room is the fact that Manno (and others) want to determine what people can have on private property. If a private school wants to allow people to have knives or to allow teachers to carry a licensed weapon, that is their business and any attempt of the state Senate is a violation of long held Constitutional property rights.

Lest you think we are joking about the bill, it is shown below.

Where do we continue to find these people who swear to protect and defend federal and state constitutions, but do everything they can to violate those constitutions as well as violate the rights of people?

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