Heather Bagnall

Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 33

Current officeholders: Michael Malone; Tony McConkey; Sid Saab

Next election: June 26, 2018


“I don’t know any responsible gun owners-law enforcement, military, hunters or gun enthusiasts-that are adverse to common sense gun reforms. Public safety shouldn’t be partisan, and gun violence is a public safety concern. As an educator and Assistant Director of a summer camp, I have seen the very real impact of rising fear on our campus community but gun violence encompasses more than educational facilities and requires comprehensive solutions not legislative band-aids. We can’t simply make our public spaces fortresses. If we are going to change the outcome, we have to change the culture.”
— Heather Bagnall

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Allison Berkowitz

Candidate for Maryland House of delegates, District 7

Next election: June 26, 2018


As Americans concerned with the safety and security of our communities, we must take proactive steps in preventing gun violence. It is critical that we close the gun show loophole, prevent domestic abusers from getting their hands on guns, and enact universal background checks. There’s no reason anyone, whether child or adult, should fear going to school, work, or anywhere at all.
— Allison Berkowitz

Electoral History

2018 (top three primary)

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Terrell Boston-Smith

Candidate for Maryland House of delegates, District 40

Next election: June 26, 2018


It’s been nearly two decades since the Columbine High School massacre. I remember watching the news coverage and I still struggle to believe that two kids found their way to organize the murder of their peers. I feel the same way today—I struggle to believe young people can get to such a place of complete hopelessness and anger. While Maryland has some of toughest gun safety regulation (thanks to Brian E. Frosh), it’s not enough to just regulate guns—we have to make real investments in education and youth development initiatives as young people transition in life from kids to adults and develop the skills to manage the angst of life. Real education investment isn’t happen when our leaders are myopically focused on the timing of spring break, school based metal detectors or arming teachers. The world has changed but the nature of our investment and structure of education has remained the same.
— Terrell Boston-Smith

Electoral History

2018 (top three primary)

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Jon Cardin

Candidate for Maryland House of delegates, District 11

Next election: June 26, 2018


In my last legislative session alone (2014), I facilitated passage of Breanna’s Law, ‘Good Samaritan’ drug policy reform, anti-cyber bullying (Grace’s Law), anti-patent troll legislation and criminalization of online sexual harassment better known as ‘revenge porn.’ Furthermore, in 2013, I introduced legislation to close the loophole in Maryland’s handgun laws that previously allowed handgun buyers to obtain a weapon before background check completion. One of my proudest moments came with his proposal to dedicate tax revenues collected from firearms and ammunition sales to mental health initiatives run by the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Why this kind of action cannot be done in Washington in response to the Parkland tragedy, I don’t know. Yet, despite the power of the N.R.A., I fought to overcome differences and pass meaningful legislation to help protect us from the horrors of gun violence.
— Jon Cardin

Electoral History

2018 (top three primary)

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Amy Frieder

Candidate for Maryland House of delegates, District 15

Next election: June 26, 2018


The NRA’s undue influence in politics has helped create a country with a unique culture in which guns, gun violence, and mass shootings are completely normalized. We need to face these challenges head-on, not just send “thoughts and prayers” each time a gun- and mental health-related tragedy occurs.

Policing reform is also a safety concern. Our state should reduce for-profit policing (banning the use of ticket or arrest quotas to evaluate the performance of police officers, as Illinois has done), ensure that police misconduct is monitored and independently investigated so that police aren’t investigating themselves, and focus on training, community oversight, and accountability.
— Amy Frieder

Electoral History

2018 (top three primary)

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Nilesh Kalyanaraman

Candidate for Maryland House of delegates, District 43

Next election: June 26, 2018


We can have safe, inclusive communities by addressing the violence epidemic as a public health issue and by aggressively getting guns off our streets. We need to strengthen the relationship between residents and police and end mass incarceration - prison isn’t the solution to crime. Let’s invest in youth programs, job training, education and health services to help families thrive.
— Nilesh Kalyanaraman

Electoral History

2018 (top three primary)

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Ken Kerr

Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 3B

Current officeholder: Bill Folden

Next election: November 6. 2017


As a member of the Frederick County Board of Education, I will never support arming teachers or anyone other than a sworn officer in our buildings. As a college professor, I do not welcome guns on campus and am hesitant about armed security officers. As an elected official sworn to uphold the Constitution, I support the 2nd Amendment; however, I do not support the NRA.
— Ken Kerr

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Mary Lehman

Candidate for Maryland House of delegates, District 21

Next election: June 26, 2018


“I am prepared as a state delegate to enact the strongest possible gun control laws, including disarming those with a history of domestic violence and those charged and convicted of violent crime.

These changes for universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and disarming violent people are meaningful and doable reforms.
The safety of our students and school personnel, the safety of all Americans whether they are in a mall or a movie theater, a house of worship or a nightclub, should not be a partisan issue.

A new 2018 Quinnipiac University poll shows 66% of Americans now support stricter gun laws, the highest figure since 2008. Most significantly, two-thirds support a ban on assault weapons.

Arming teachers, which some lawmakers argue is a better solution, is not the answer.

The Parkland students and their peers across the country, including our brave and tenacious teens in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, deserve our thanks and congratulations. Their vision, leadership and fearlessness in standing up to the gun lobby gives me great hope for the future.”
— Mary Lehman

Electoral History

2018 (top three primary)

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Aruna Miller

Candidate for US House of Representatives (MD-06)

Current officeholder: Open

Next election: June 26, 2018

Maryland House of Delegates, District 15 (2011-present)


As a State Legislator, I helped expand background checks for all commercial gun sales, pushed legislation to reduce magazine sizes, ban bump stocks and co-sponsored legislation to make our Maryland Universities gun-free zones. As I have done in Annapolis, in Congress I will support a national ban on semi-automatic assault weapons, high capacity magazines and an outlawing of bump stocks that effectively convert semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic ones.

In Congress I will work to ensure we truly achieve universal background checks for all gun sales. Just as I have done in Annapolis I will continue to work to ensure we have stringent controls when firearms are purchased and close the gun show and straw purchase loopholes.
— Aruna Miller

Electoral History

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Julia Nichols

Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 29C

Current officeholder: Jerry Clark

Next election: November 6. 2017


Gun violence is a public health issue. As a legislator, I pledge to ensure the health and safety of the people in my community. I am in favor of comprehensive background checks, waiting periods, and higher age for purchasing guns. I believe that weapons of war have no place in a civilian household. The second amendment was designed to allow for protection in the wilderness, for hunting, and for the creation of a voluntary militia, not for giving people the potential to commit mass murder. It is within our power to take steps to save lives.
— Julia Nichols
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Julie Palakovich Carr

Candidate for Maryland House of delegates, District 17

Next election: June 26, 2018


Maryland is a leader in terms of sensible gun laws, but we can do more to protect our residents. Counties and cities should be allowed to enact even stronger gun control laws, but are currently preempted under state law. I will push for local governments to have this authority.
— Julie Palakovich Carr

Electoral History

2018 (top three primary)

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Samir Paul

Candidate for Maryland House of delegates, District 16

Next election: June 26, 2018


As a teacher, I know that in a moment of crisis, I’m the one responsible for putting my body between a gunman and the young people in my charge. I have been energized and electrified by students across the country who have stood up to demand that the adults in their lives do a better job of keeping them safe.

And while mass shootings in schools are shocking and tragic, they account for just 1-2% of America’s 39,000 gun deaths each year; about two thirds are suicides, and about one third are homicides. We have to do a better job restricting access to firearms to stop these senseless deaths.
— Samir Paul

Electoral History

2018 (top three primary)

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Peter Perini

Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 2B

Current officeholder: Paul Corderman

Next election: November 6. 2017


I stand shoulder to shoulder with the mass school shooting survivors of Parkland and so many others to say ‘enough is enough.’ We must move forward in passing common sense gun safety laws to avoid the horrible tragedies like the one in Parkland. Buying a gun should be subject to a rigorous background check to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, criminals, and domestic abusers. As a member of the House of Delegates, I will work hard to make sure that Maryland’s schools are safe from the tragedy of a mass shooting.
— Peter Perini

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Larry Pretlow

Candidate for Maryland House of delegates, District 13

Next election: June 26, 2018


I believe in our right to protect our homes and property - on our own property but not with assault weapons. I do not believe we are entitled to be personally more armed than our military. With the exception of trained law enforcement officers, I do not support civilian possession of firearms on property of public institutions, religious places of worship or places of higher education. I do not support arming our teachers or school staff but I do support establishment of a special police force dedicated to our schools. I want to make sure that our gun control laws yield protections that help prevent random acts of mass gun violence. I also support raising the legal purchase age to 21.
— Larry Pretlow

Electoral History

2018 (top three primary)

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Karen Simpson

Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 31B

Current officeholders: Nicholaus Kipke, open seat

Next election: june 26, 2018


Our neighbors have the right to own guns. Some neighbors hunt. Some neighbors collect guns. Law enforcement officers have guns. Our service members and veterans have guns.

Yet almost all of them agree they don’t need an AR-15, teachers shouldn’t be armed and guns should be regulated like cars with age restrictions, training, license and consequences.

Let’s stop letting outside organizations and Associations dictate common sense safety measures.
— Karen Simpson

Electoral History

2018 (general)

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Vaughn Stewart

Candidate for Maryland House of delegates, District 19

Next election: June 26, 2018


We have a gun crisis in this country. Every Marylander should feel confident that their workplace, schools, and public spaces are safe from gun violence. While the facts of each individual shooting are unique, the reality is that states with stricter gun laws have fewer gun deaths. Maryland’s laws are currently rated the sixth best in the country, so there is room for improvement. Here are some ways we can strengthen our laws and protect Marylanders:

Extend background checks to include purchases on long guns, and ammunition purchases

Ban the possession of high-capacity magazines like those used in some of our nation’s worst massacres

Create a digitized database to safely monitor the ownership and transfer of firearms

Clarify the law to ban the possession of silencers, sawed-off shotguns, and other federally designated “dangerous devices”

Empower local governments to pass smarter and safer gun laws that make sense for their communities.
— Vaughn Stewart

Electoral History

2018 (top three primary)

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Courtney Watson

Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 9B

Current officeholder: Bob Flanagan

Next election: June 26, 2018


Reducing and preventing gun violence is a public safety issue, not a political one, as over 35,000 Americans are killed every year by gun violence. We need to do more to keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, and people with dangerous histories. Respecting rights and protecting people go hand in hand. Common-sense public safety measures make our communities safer.
— Courtney Watson

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