Friday, February 22, 2013

Draconian Maryland Gun Control Bill Moves to Senate

Key provisions of Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping gun-control plan face renewed battles in the Maryland Senate next week, while the House of Delegates launches hearings expected to be just as contentious as those that brought thousands of people to Annapolis this month.

Lawmakers are again bracing for crowds as each chamber presses forward with O'Malley's proposal, which would give Maryland some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. The governor is scheduled to appear at a Friday rally for his bill.

A handgun licensing provision pushed by advocates as the most effective way to curb gun deaths has been targeted by gun-rights lawmakers as the most onerous and objectionable part of O'Malley's plan.

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