Open Letter, HB-758


Dear Parishioner Protection Act Supporters,

Thank you all for the tremendous amount of support that was received on behalf of the Parishioner Protection Act., House Bill 758! The number of community members who responded made it clear that despite the media’s negative tone, protecting our churches was, and will continue to be, an extremely important issue and supported by District 7, along with many other Marylanders. I wish I could report that the majority of the General Assembly shared our views and voted on behalf of their constituents, but unfortunately once again, liberal agendas dismissed their constituents and House Bill 758 disappeared.

It was clear early in session that liberal legislators did not support the Parishioner Protection Act, because the legislative bill and lead sponsor, Delegate Kathy Szeliga met early resistance. Without the support needed, Delegate Szeliga attempted to save the bill and amend the Parishioner Protection Act to only include Harford County, as a pilot program.

On the morning of March 6th, 2018, Aaron Penman, Delegate Kathy Szeliga and Sheriff Jeff Gahler held a news press conference in Annapolis.On the morning of March 6th, 2018, myself, Delegate Kathy Szeliga and Sheriff Jeff Gahler held a news press conference in Annapolis. It was clear, based on the news conference, that the media was not in favor of the bill. The panel fielded many questions on why the bill was needed, almost as if the bill was on trial during the press conference. As promised, I stood alongside Sheriff Gahler and Delegate Szeliga in Annapolis and carried your message, of allowing churches the legislative ability to protective themselves. This message was conveyed during the press conference and in testimony. Along with the picture of the press conference, you can find my written testimony on my web site, www.aaronpenman.com, under news and events.

Later that day, the Parishioner Protection Act was scheduled with all other gun legislation. House Bill 758 was heard late that evening in the Judiciary Committee. Following the committee hearing, the bill was never voted on. This is commonly referred to in Annapolis as “filling the bill in a drawer”, never to be seen or heard again, subsequently killing the bill. This is the way opposing legislators keep from voting on a bill and there is no recourse for the sponsors, stakeholders or supporters.

In summary, the bill was killed and will not proceed. This is disappointing, but not shocking considering the democratic hold on the General Assembly. With that said, with your help and support, I will win this election! In doing so, I solemnly promise to continue this fight, ensuring your voice is heard in support of the Parishioner Protection Act!

In addition, I will become a champion for other conservative values of less government regulations, lowering taxes, protecting business, supporting the 2nd Amendment, keeping Maryland from becoming a sanctuary state and getting tough on crime and career offenders during the next legislative session!

Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. Thank you again and I look forward to serving your values in Annapolis during the next four years!

Sincerely,
Aaron Penman
District 7 Candidate
Maryland House of Delegates

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Romancing the Chrome

RTC APAaron Penman looks forward to seeing you at the 7th Annual 'Romancing the Chrome' Car Show on April 14th.

This event will give you an opportunity to meet the candidate and discuss matters that are important to Maryland. You'll also get to take a close look at Penman's fully-restored military Humvee.

Car enthusiasts and collectors from Harford, Baltimore, and adjacent Counties will be displaying their pride and joy while competeing for the Grand Prize award for Best in Show.

All proceeds from the Car Show benefit the HCPL Foundation and the Jarrettsville Lions Club, both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

  • Date: April 14th (Rain date April 21)
  • Location: 3719 Norrisville Road, Jarrettsville, MD 21084 (Directions)

For more information, visit RomancingTheChorme.org 

Support House Bill 758

Aaron Penman in Annapolis to support Maryland House Bill 758Thank you Delegate Kathy Szelgia for the special invitation to support a bill that is extremely important to me and District 7, the Parishioner Protection Act.

This bill would allow churches the ability to have armed security like every other privately owned business in the state. I know the district appreciated this bill to safegaurd churches because I received nearly 200 return mailers acknowledging support. I was able to convey that message in a press conference and through written testimony.

Thank you again Delegate Szelgia and Sheriff Jeff Gahler for standing in support of House Bill 758.

Aaron Penman's written testimony for House Bill 758.

Also see FOX 5 (DC) coverage of the press conference.

11 TV Hill Gun Debate

Aaron Penman discusses the 2nd Amendment with Jason Newton of WBAL TV.BALTIMORE — Harford County Sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Penman, running for the House of Delegates District 7, talks to Jason Newton of WBAL TV about his campaign's decision to hold a gun raffle and whether there should be age restrictions on gun purchases.

It was a great conversation addressing the issues of mental illness and the need to improve systems to help identify at-risk individuals before tradgic incidents can occur.

See the WBAL TV discussion on the WBAL website.

Prayers for Parkland, Florida

A flag at half staff in honor of the victims of the Florida Shooting.First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the families, and all of those impacted by the recent tragic event in Parkland, Florida. As a father of four children, there is nothing more important to me then the safety of our children. Children should never have to be in fear from such senseless violence. It is the concern for our children, and protecting our community that has inspired me to spend my entire professional career in public service; first as a marine, and then a Harford County Sherriff Deputy for nearly 23 years.

While the tragic events that occurred in Florida require debate, these problems are complex and dynamic and need mature and thoughtful solutions that address all parts of the issue. We can not blame our constitutional second amendment for the actions of people.

We need to address mental health issues head-on and have difficult, but meaningful conversations about how we can identify people with a propensity for violence, while conducting thorough evaluations and threat assessments and have a tracking system in place. Furthermore, we need to have a long discussion about how we can better protect the most important aspect of society, our children and schools.

We also need to look at where there were break-downs in the system that might have been able to prevent this tragedy. Can we develop a better process for connecting the information by leveraging technology and software to help identify potential offenders proactively-- before tragedy occurs.

In this process, we all need to come together and figure out a meaningful solution. It's about building a better and stronger nation and we are best when we work together and listen to everybody's ideas.

It is my sincere hope that we can put an end to these type tragedies so no other family will ever have to endure the pain being suffered in Florida.

Sincerely,
Aaron Penman
Candidate, Maryland House of Delegates, District 7

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