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Maryland’s Gun Control Bill ‘Precedent Setting’

April 5th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

The state of Connecticut may be garnering the national headlines for its new gun control law, but Maryland is on the verge of its own precedent setting legislation.  Maryland’s bill would require fingerprinting of gun buyers, new limits on firearm purchases by the mentally ill, and bans on assault weapons and magazines that hold more than ten bullets.  Maryland would join five other states in requiring fingerprinting of gun buyers.  Residents would not need to get a license to buy hunting rifles and shotguns.  Voting for gun legislation has broken down most starkly along geographical lines, with lawmakers from Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George’s favoring the bill and almost every delegate from western, eastern, and southern parts of the state opposed.

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