ANNAPOLIS -- Without a vote to spare, the House o Delegates approved and sent to the Senate yesterday legislation to make it a misdemeanor to leave a loaded, unlocked firearm where a child can gain access to it.
It was the second gun control bill passed by the House in two days.
But a Senate committee killed a nearly identical bill Friday, and chances for approval of the House version there appear slim.
"I think it has a very uphill battle," conceded David S. Weaver, lobbyist for the Washington-based Handgun Control Inc.
Mr. Weaver and other proponents of gun control are already trying to find a way to persuade the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee toreverse its vote Friday that killed Gov. William Donald Schaefer's proposed ban on military-style assault weapons. The measure was passed by the House the same day.