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Senate rejects Hogan pick for gun permit panel

Posted at 5:58 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 17:58:47-04

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed five members to a panel that reviews handgun permits.

Those positions are temporary until the state Senate approves them. Four of the five were approved Thursday.

Richard Jurgena was rejected by the Senate today. Jurgena had made some comments recently questioning the constitutionality of Maryland's concealed weapon law.

Some senators questioned the commitment of Jurgena to the mission of the review board.

Sen. Mike Miller weighed in on the decision.

"I voted for the nominee. I believe the governor should have the nominations that he put forth. He vetted them. I voted for him but,  a number of people raised questions about the nominee," Miller said. 

The Maryland State Police does an initial review of all concealed carry permit applications. The Handgun Permit Review Board hears appeals from people who believe they were wrongly denied. 

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