Assault weapon ban, other restrictions pass in Maryland
April 4th, 2013
08:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Assault weapon ban, other restrictions pass in Maryland

(CNN) - Maryland is set to adopt some of the nation's strictest gun laws after the state Senate passed a bill on Thursday that includes an assault weapons ban and gun magazine limits.

The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign it into law.

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"With today’s vote, Maryland has chosen to enact a comprehensive, common sense approach to prevent gun violence & make our communities safer,” he posted online after the vote.

It includes a ban on assault-style weapons and sets a 10-round limit for gun magazines, two measures topping the list of many gun control advocates.

Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a similar restriction into law in Connecticut earlier on Thursday.

Colorado and New York have also tightened their gun laws since the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Maryland will join Connecticut and New York, as well as Hawaii, Massachusetts and New Jersey in requiring gun owners to be fingerprinted and licensed by the state under the new law.

The new law also will require training for many first-time gun owners and bans some individuals with mental health issues from gun ownership.

The top Republican in the Maryland state Senate told CNN affiliate WBAL in Baltimore that the actions he thought most likely to reduce gun violence were not in the law.

"The areas we could have helped with - the mental health area or making sure criminals, when they use guns, have tougher sentences or issues related to security officers in schools that would have actually added safety to the process - (are) not in the bill," state Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin said.

But Vinnie DeMarco, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, told the station the requirement that gun owners be fingerprinted was an important requirement.

"Fingerprint licensing is the best way to states can prevent gun violence," he said.

Legislation proposing universal background checks on gun sales and other proposals to stem gun violence is working its way through the U.S. Senate. The measure does not include a ban on assault weapons or magazine capacity restrictions.

Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Maryland
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    The NRA is not for the people , by the people .
    We the people are not the NRA .

    April 4, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. Name lynn

    Baning guns want stop the shooting an killing, people still gettting guns on an off the street.

    April 4, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. alex

    We the people! Good job MD!

    April 4, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. jrjrjr

    whats next in the next few weeks, all states going to do the same thing! wow like many say nwo is here and a 1776 will comence again here in the united states and we will shrink this dictating gov up!

    April 4, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Rogue351

    And it is about time for gun bans and control. Every time we see the Democrats take the lead in this country the Revolutionary, fundamentalist, racist right sticks their ugly head out of the holes of paranoia they have been living in. Who in their right mind would back a party, like the GOP / Tea Party with member like the KKK and the Arian Brotherhood. And then on top of the let anyone and everyone have / buy/ sell any type of weapon they want. And then on top of that think for one second anyone is going to be safe ? This is just insane. The GOP / Tea party fundamentalist will ALWAYS resort to violence, fear and hate to regain control. This is fueled everyday on the radio and TV by people like Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh but they do it for the money, they are ok with being pawns of the violent bigger picture lurking in the back ground. Just remember a terrorist is a terrorist regardless if they are operating from back water USA or Iran. And they ALL should be dealt with exactly the same way.

    April 5, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  6. Larry L

    Gun enthusiasts will learn in the absence of an open and informed dialogue from the N.R.A. the people will craft laws without the help of experts. If you behave foolishly – spending your time mouthing sound-bites and treating people badly for not knowing the terminology they will pass laws without you. You might know about "head-space" but you'll lose with poor head-placement – yours being up in a dark place.

    April 5, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  7. Anonymous

    So does this new "action plan" make it easier to catch the criminal now that they have the fingerprint in the database? So this actually doesn't prevent the crime from happening, it will help to find these criminals after the crime has happend? Now the law abiding citizens have no chance to defend against these criminals that live beyond the laws of the land. We have all heard how well these laws have proven to work in the biggest crime city (Chicago) that has the strictest gun laws. 2nd Amendment?

    April 5, 2013 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Nothing is impossible–ban all the guns. Nation needs Gun-Ban laws. Guys are getting wild with 12 billion a year PROFIT. Second amendment is bs–morally bankrupt.

    April 5, 2013 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    Well for the states mentioned here if the background check federal law does thru along with its anti trafficking laws then they will have the sort of overall contol that has long term benefits to getting guns out of criminal hands and the mentally unstable.
    For me despite the Brady Act all guns should be licensed even if it is necessary to access state individual data bases run by a common system of data and access protocols. That way you can then track all criminals( mentally incompetent to have a gun) holding guns eventually and remove them, from such criminals.
    Just watch the NRA sue Maryland when the gun law hub hub dies down, and probably any federal law if it passes on background checks.

    April 5, 2013 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  10. Marie MD

    Finally something coming out of our state government. This still doesn't make up for higher taxes for gas!

    April 5, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |