Maryland OKs tough gun-control law promoted by governor

WASHINGTON Thu Apr 4, 2013 9:03pm EDT

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D-MD) attends a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House in Washington, March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D-MD) attends a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House in Washington, March 19, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland's state Senate approved one of the country's toughest gun-control bills on Thursday, paving the way for the measure to be signed into law by the governor, who pushed for the legislation.

The state joins Colorado, New York and Connecticut in passing stiff gun-control measures after the December massacre of 20 school children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut.

Maryland's Democratic-led Senate voted 28-19 to approve the measure, which was passed by the Democratic-controlled state House of Delegates on Wednesday.

The legislation includes a ban on dozens of assault weapons and limits on magazine size. The Senate approved an earlier version of the bill last month.

It now goes to Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley to be signed into law.

The Maryland legislation limits magazine capacity to 10 bullets, requires that gun buyers be fingerprinted and licensed, and places new limits on weapons purchases by the mentally ill.

It also bans more than 40 types of existing assault rifles, including all models of the AR-15. That weapon was used in the Newtown attack, by accused Aurora, Colorado, shooter James Holmes, and by Washington's "Beltway sniper" in 2002.

(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Peter Cooney)

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Speaker2 wrote:
Right on! We the people want gun controls! Let’s do this in every state.

Apr 04, 2013 11:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sp60000 wrote:
These aren’t ‘tough’ laws, they are repressive and possibly unconstitutional.

They do nothing to address the real sources for illegal firearms (‘straw buyers’) while punishing law abiding citizens who will actually have to try and follow these bizarre and complicated laws.

What is never said, either by the media or the politicians is that ‘gun control’ is a political agenda, and has nothing to do with public safety.

I’m sure large parts of the Maryland law will be repealed after court challenges.

But for now the politicians and gun control lobbyists can bask in the fact that they have ‘done something’.

No need to worry about all the otherwise honest citizens these laws make into felons.

And they can just ignore all the people who won’t be able to defend themselves against criminals, who of course will still have their guns.

They can feel good because they helped pass the most anti-civil rights law since the Fugitive Slave Act.

They can feel good knowing they will be directly causing the injury and death of thousands of their fellow citizens.

Way to go.

Apr 05, 2013 7:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:
Yes… but sadly, it will not amount to much unless every state adopts similar laws.

Apr 05, 2013 8:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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