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Gun Control Trial Date Set

October 30th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

A trial date is set for early next year in a challenge by gun owners, stores and firearms advocacy groups who seek to overturn new Maryland gun laws that went into effect this month.  A four-day trial is scheduled to begin February 10th after the plaintiffs and the state agreed to an expedited schedule. In the Tardy v. O’Malley case, filed in federal court two days before the new rules went into effect on Oct. 1, a contingent of gun rights advocates sought to prevent the implementation of the laws. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake declined to halt the new laws, which add additional steps to the handgun purchasing process and ban certain types of weapons.  Maryland’s new gun laws — considered to be among the strictest in the nation — require gun buyers to submit their fingerprints and obtain a handgun qualification licenses. They also also limit handgun magazines to 10 rounds and add 45 guns to a list of banned assault weapons.  One of those individuals seeking to have the law overturned says the bottom line is that Maryland’s law is unconstitutional- with the potential for a domino effect…


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