HB 22, sponsored by Delegate Conaway, proposes to prohibit Baltimore City from enacting an ordinance that eliminates or limits, “a certain common law requirement that a person retreat from an attack”. This bill would add this language to Maryland code:
BALTIMORE CITY MAY NOT ADOPT AN ORDINANCE THAT ELIMINATES OR LIMITS THE COMMON LAW REQUIREMENT THAT A PERSON RETREAT FROM AN ATTACK UNLESS THE PERSON:
(1) DID NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO RETREAT OR ESCAPE THE DANGER; OR
(2) COULD NOT RETREAT OR ESCAPE THE DANGER WHILE MAINTAINING THE PERSON’S SAFETY.
This bill is likely related to the, “Stand your ground” law controversy.
Hearing 1/28, 1:00 p.m. HEARING CANCELED
Update: unfavorable report, withdrawn.