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There is an intrinsic and powerful relationship between the First and Second Amendment in America, and those who misjudge that bond are easily ridiculed.

Such is the case in Maryland, where a pair of Second Amendment advocates were arrested just outside of the State House.  Police had asked the men to remove themselves from the public sidewalk near the entrance to the legislative chambers.  The protesters argued that they should not be removed, as they were exercising their First Amendment right to free speech.

Then the handcuffs came out.

Now, however, republicans within the Maryland State legislature are applauding a move by local authorities that set these two bastions of liberty free again.

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“House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga today applauded the dropping of charges against two 2ndAmendment activists who were arrested in front of the State House on Monday night. Kevin and Jeff Hulbert, members of The Patriot Picket, an organization that supports 2nd Amendment rights and stage peaceful protests during the legislative session, were arrested during a protest Monday night. The charges against them were dropped today.

“’This arrest never should have happened,’ said House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. ‘Citizens have a sacred right to free speech which applies everywhere but especially at the Maryland State House. These gentlemen have been coming to Annapolis to lawfully express their views for years. I am relieved the charges against these gentlemen have been dropped and want to thank Governor Larry Hogan, Speaker Mike Busch, and State’s Attorney Wes Adams who I believe all shared my concerns about this unacceptable incident. The Capitol Police do a fantastic and not often easy job; I look forward to working with them to ensure something like this never happens again to anyone lawfully expressing their First Amendment rights.’”

While Maryland’s capital Annapolis is not known for the violent crime and gun-related mischief of Baltimore some 30 miles away, the insignificance of that distance has surely helped to bolster the democrats of The Old Line State in their quest for tighter gun control legislation.


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