Maryland Gun Control Referendum (2014)

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The Gun Control Referendum was a veto referendum in Maryland that failed to qualify for the general election ballot on November 4, 2014. The referendum was filed in response to the Maryland legislature's passage of bans on certain assault rifles, ammunition magazine sizes, and applications for licenses to buy handguns.[1]


This section contains information on those in support of placing the referendum on the ballot.

Activist Sue Payne sponsored the referendum's petition drive.

Path to the ballot

See also: Maryland signature requirements

For a referendum on a statewide law: signatures must equal 3% of votes cast for governor in the most recent election, and one-third must be submitted within 40 days of the legislation being signed into law.

Therefore, in order to qualify for the 2014 ballot supporters are required to collect a minimum of 55,736 valid signatures and submit them by June 30.

The first round of signatures, totaling 18,579 names, was required by May 31. According to reports, state officials announced that signatures had not been filed by the deadline.[2]

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