Good for Gov. William Donald Schaefer. In New Jersey for a meeting of the National Governors' Association, he took one look at a police demonstration of the terrible destructiveness of semi-automatic assault weapons and vowed to try again and, if necessary, still again, to get a ban on such weapons in Maryland.
The General Assembly would not give him such a ban this year. Wouldn't even vote on it. The governor said in New Jersey that he'd try again in 1993 and, if that fails, in 1994, his last year in office. "As long as I'm in office I'll have an assault gun proposal before the legislature," he said.
The weapons-of-mass-destruction lobby claims the tide is running in its favor. It cites New Jersey as proof. And, in fact, in that state the legislature recently repealed a tough ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons. But there's more to the New Jersey story than the gun lobbyists and their supporters would have the public know.