Last night, the Maryland House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 231 by a 120 to 9 vote. Sponsored by state Senator George Edwards (R-1), SB 231 would allow bowhunters, who are otherwise authorized to carry a handgun, to carry a handgun for protection while hunting in Deer Management Region A. While afield, bowhunters are vulnerable to outdoor crime and dangerous wildlife, and should be allowed to carry a firearm for protection. Having passed in the state Senate by a 43 to 2 vote on February 12, SB 231 now goes to Governor Martin O’Malley (D) for his consideration. The NRA thanks Senator Edwards, and Delegate Wendell Beitzel (R-1A), the sponsor of SB 231’s companion bill,House Bill 262; as well as every state legislator who voted for SB 231. Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated when more information is available about this legislation.