Howard County State’s Attorney Rich Gibson is an advocate for fair and just laws. As such, he uses his voice and prosecutorial experience to weigh in on important issues affecting all Marylanders. As President of the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association, Gibson plans to address members of the Maryland General Assembly to encourage them to change state laws as it relates to restoring trust in the criminal justice system, holding violent offenders accountable and enhancing the services for victims of crime. Here are some of the legislative bills our office has testified on behalf of in 2022:

Public Safety-Untraceable Firearms (HB 0425)

Ghost Guns

Altering a certain definition of “firearm” to include a certain unfinished frame or receiver; prohibiting a person from purchasing, receiving, selling, offering to sell, or transferring an unfinished frame or receiver; prohibiting a person from selling, offering to sell, or transferring a certain firearm; prohibiting a person from possessing a firearm on or after March 1, 2023, unless required by federal law; TESTIFIED IN FAVOR OF/PASSED

Criminal Procedure-Medical Emergency-Immunity (HB 0190)

Medical Emergency

Altering certain provisions relating to immunity from criminal arrest, charge, or prosecution for a person experiencing a medical emergency after ingesting or using alcohol or drugs or assisting someone experiencing a certain medical emergency; and generally relating to medical emergencies and criminal immunity.  OPPOSED/Referral to Committee

Attorney General-Wrongful Convictions-Investigation (HB 0249)  

Wrongful Convictions

Requiring a police officer to display proper identification and provide certain information to certain individuals at the commencement of a certain stop, with a certain exception; requiring a police officer to inform certain passengers and occupants of a certain vehicle of the right to refuse to provide identification to the police officer at a certain time; etc. OPPOSED/Referral to Committee

Criminal Procedure-Sentencing-Primary Caretaker (SB 0021)

Caretaker Criminal

Authorizing a defendant, on conviction of a certain crime, to file a motion requesting that the court consider the defendant’s status as the primary caretaker of a child or vulnerable adult in determining the sentence for the crime; and establishing procedures for filing a motion, granting a motion, sentencing, and modifying a sentence under the Act; OPPOSED/Referral to Committee