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Friday, September 6, 2013


     Ray Givens is the go-to guy in the tri-state area for gun rights activism, or anything about guns for that matter, and I am delighted that he is running for Maryland State Delegate for District 1-C (Williamsport, Hagerstown west of Rt. 63, Clear Spring, Big Pool, Big Spring, Hancock, Flintstone, Little Orleans, Rocky Gap, and Cumberland). Ray does not hesitate to speak out on gun issues and boldly states his position on 2nd Amendment rights in his campaign literature:

“I strongly believe that the 2nd Amendment is the protector of all people, property, and individual rights. I also firmly believe, as did our first president, George Washington, that firearms are second only to the U.S. Constitution in importance.”

    We could not find a better candidate to represent Maryland gun owners in Annapolis, where they have overstepped their boundaries and passed an unconstitutional bill (SB 281, entitled The Firearms Safety Act of 2013) that infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens. As the Legislative Representative for the Western Maryland Sportsman’s Coalition, an unfunded position, he made the long trip to Annapolis two or more times a week at his own expense during the presentation and debate of SB 281. He testified whenever the public was invited to do so.
    When the Hagerstown TEA Party hosted a Western Maryland Day of Resistance in opposition to this bill, he was a great support to me when I organized the event, assisting in reaching out and securing credible, knowledgeable speakers regarding all aspects of gun rights and ownership. He also publicly opposed SB 281 at a town hall meeting held at Fox45 TV in Baltimore where he was invited to be a part of a panel for discussion of the bill, specifically speaking out against the banning of magazines with a capacity of over 10 rounds, stating that time not magazine capacity affects the outcome of a mass shooting.

    That said, Ray Givens is not a one-issue candidate. He has spent a lifetime supporting and promoting core conservative principles of smaller government, lower taxes, less bureaucratic regulations, defense of the U.S. Constitution, and the individual rights and freedoms of all citizens. His background and work experience includes not only a knowledge of firearms and constitutional issues, but also years of legislative experience on behalf of Maryland sportsmen and experience in environmental issues. He retired from both the United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR) and United States Army Reserve (USAR) programs. He worked as a correctional officer in Montgomery County and as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Prince George’s County. He also has work experience as an Environmental Investigator, particularly in regards to water, equipping him to argue the environmental issues surrounding the clean-up of the bay that led to a septic tax and costly regulations to home owners in Western Maryland.
    Ray Givens is a member of Responsibly Armed and the National Rifle Association. He is a past president of the Washington County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, and a member of the South Mountain and North American Rod and Gun Club, the Western Maryland Sportsmen’s Club, and the Potomac Fish and Game Club.
    In addition to the organizations related to gun ownership and use, he also belongs to the following community and veteran’s organizations:  

·                 High school coach, JROTC

·                 Optimist International, Washington County Sludge Task Force

·                 Member of the American Legion (45 years)

·                 Member of AMVETS

·                 Lifetime member of Marine Corps League

·                 Former Chair and member of Washington County Republican Club Central


·                 Member Washington County Republican Club 

For more information about Ray Givens for Delegate of District 1C, go to the campaign Facebook page at:

He will soon have a website available, and I will post a link to it once it becomes available. If you want to volunteer or donate to his campaign, email Ray at





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