February 06, 2019 Articles

New Maryland Gun Law: Immediate Surrender of Firearms

Extreme risk protective orders require strict compliance or respondents risk facing harsh penalties.

By Farrah Champagne

On June 28, 2018, in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom, Jarrod Ramos shot and killed editor and sports writer John McNamara, 56; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, 61; community correspondent Wendi Winters, 65; sales assistant Rebecca Smith, 34; and editor and columnist Rob Hiaasen, 59. Two staff members, Rachael Pacella and Janel Cooley, were also injured. With a legally purchased 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, Ramos shot through the glass door to gain entry into the Capital Gazette office after barricading the exit door. The journalists, editors, photographers, and other staff who were present at the time hid under desks and texted for help on their smartphones. Ramos, who has a history of violence, had a long-standing grudge against the paper after it published a story about a criminal case against him. Ramos had filed suit against the paper for defamation, but after losing the original case and his appeal, he lost his temper. Ramos v. Hartley, 443 Md. 736 (2015).

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