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Grassroots Campaign Collecting Petition Signatures To Send New Gun Law To Referendum

April 10th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Maryland's already-strong gun laws will become among the strictest in the nation with a measure passed by the General Assembly this session, sending the bill to the Democratic governor who proposed the legislation in the aftermath of December's massacre at a Newtown, Conn., school. Maryland will become the first state in nearly 20 years to require people who buy a handgun to submit fingerprints to state police. Only five other states have a similar requirement: Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. Delegate Leroy Myers, a Washington County Republican, said the bill will in all likelihood be petitioned onto the referendum ballot, which would delay its effect for a year until a vote is held.  Locally, a grass roots campaign to collect signatures is already underway according to Frostburg resident Bernie Miltenberger. A member of the Allegany/Garrett Counties Sportsman Association, he says an informational meeting is scheduled to be held at the Frostburg Library on April 18th.  Miltenberger says that while efforts to overturn other controversial measures such as same sex marriage via referendum failed- that was because opponents of the bill failed to focus on the real issue at hand. He says that mistake won’t be made this go around…

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