Maryland’s Gov. O'Malley to push for new gun control
January 14th, 2013
08:55 AM ET
2 years ago

Maryland’s Gov. O'Malley to push for new gun control

(CNN) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to announce Monday morning that he'll push for new tough measures to reduce gun violence.

"Later this week we'll be introducing a comprehensive legislative package to prevent gun violence – that addresses guns themselves, but also entails a mental-health and school safety approach," the two-term Democratic governor will say during a speech at a gun control summit being held at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, according to a senior O'Malley adviser.

In his speech, O'Malley will spell out what's in his proposal.

"It will ban military-style assault weapons that have no place on the streets of Baltimore City or anywhere else in our state. And it will also limit the size of magazines to make it harder for criminals to gun down police officers or school children," O'Malley will say. "It will have a common-sense licensing requirements for handguns that respect the traditions of hunters and sportsmen and women."

His package will also include what he calls reforms to improve mental health services, such as data sharing, and investments in better treatment. O’Malley will also announce the creation of a new "Center for Excellence on Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness, so that we're able to utilize more effective early intervention strategies." He’ll also call for new investments to improve school safety.

O'Malley will make his comments as he introduces New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a leader in gun control efforts. The summit is being held one month after 27 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, were killed in Newtown, Connecticut by a gunman armed with assault weapons, who then shot himself to death.

The Washington Post was first to report O'Malley's proposals on gun violence.

The upcoming gun control debate in Maryland, where Democrats dominate the state legislature, will be very different from the conversations ongoing in the nation's capital, where getting any gun control legislation through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will be a challenge.

On Monday, O'Malley's gun control measures were not getting a thumbs up from a top Maryland Republican lawmaker.

"This looks like crass opportunism from politicians who want gun control," Maryland House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell told the Washington Post.

The Maryland GOP would need to win over some Democratic lawmakers in the state legislature to defeat O'Malley's proposals.

O'Malley's plans come one week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced aggressive gun control legislation. Both men may be considering bids down the road in 2016 for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, a fellow Democrat, is also expected Monday to introduce new gun control proposals.


Filed under: Gun rights • Martin O'Malley
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    This nation needs Gun-control law. Now time for education not gun....

    January 14, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I know what is going to happen. People are going to overreach and wind up getting nothing done.

    January 14, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. tom kelley

    The people that are buying the guns from a gun shop or retailer are not the problem. The people that buy,steal,or straw the guns on the street are a problem. I feel better knowing that I can defend for myself and family with a gun. A ban for the person spending six hundred to several thousand dollars is not the deal. If a bad person does not know that a good person has a gun or not maybe the bad person would think twice. The people that are wilingl to do harm to others dont like the idea of being shot at either. If you can pass the saftey class and background check, you should be able to carry like in other states that have a much lower crime rate.

    January 14, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. much thunder.little rain

    ...mental illness is been a major factor in mass killings...we need to deal with this too...and politicians turn there heads on black on black murders .....take those equations out ...then would we be talking about guns....

    January 14, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. mccainin4

    There is a real need to improve our gun laws, especially the more capable, high firing rate and large capacity weapons. We have a portion of our society whom appear perfectly normal, seemingly coping well with those stresses we all feel. These people are not "evil", for they are earnest citizens until one day they realize they are one long continuous trigger pull from a greatness they never experienced (aside from some video games). Lunacy is real; a term best reserved for those individuals whom cannot contain their darkest impulse when handling such a weapon. We've seen lunacy everyday – a teen behind the wheel traveling highway speeds and texting at the same time. Someone driving a too powerful car wanting the full experience. Cheating spouses who believe they can have a moment's experience with no consequences. The powerful weapons, however, inspire lunatics with delusions of superior firepower and places us all at risk. I'm not calling the NRA an organization of lunatics, but one NRA member shot up a Melbourne Fl shopping center.

    January 14, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It makes sense to me. How many hunters need to have 30 round magazines or fire 10 to 30 bullets in a minute or two? These are weapons of war and not meant for civilian hands. I wonder why there is this strange belief that all weapons should be allowed. The second amendment talked about "well regulated militia" and not individuals.

    January 14, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The politicizing of our constitutional rights as citizens, is entirely unacceptable.

    January 14, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Name lynn

    we the people are waiting on malley, we the people is going to see what can you all do about the guns an guns laws put yo money where your mouth

    January 14, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. v_mag

    It's time to stop being timid about gun control. We need to do what Australia did years ago and ban semi-automatic weapons and ammo, buy them all back, and throw them in the furnace. Tax gun dealers and ammunition sales to pay for it. A half-ass-sault approach,where existing weapons are grandfathered in, will fail. Make a mandatory penalty of 10 years in jail for failure to turn in a banned weapon. Then we'll see how many "pry my cold dead fingers off the trigger" people there really are in this country. I suspect most of them are cowards, or they wouldn't feel so paranoid.

    January 14, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. v_mag

    Paranoia is a mental illness, and yet murder weapon promoters wallow in paranoia to justify the abundance of high capacity weapons. If the people who demand to own guns like the ones used to murder Sandy Hook children had to submit to mental health checks, I think very few of them would pass the test.

    January 14, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Bill

    "The government encouraged the manufacture of military firearms for the criminals to use. Thus to foster a feeling of insecurity which will lead the American people to volunteer to disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on mental patients in a process called ORION, the CIA gave the desire for these people to open fire on school yards and thus inflaming the anti-gun lobby." William Cooper, Behold A Pale Horse (1991)

    January 14, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |