Clinton to attend Glendening's gun bill signing

April 05, 2000|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF

President Clinton will come to Annapolis Tuesday to be with Gov. Parris N. Glendening when he signs his landmark gun-safety bill into law, the White House announced yesterday.

The legislation, which passed the General Assembly Monday and is the first of its kind in the nation, will require handguns sold in Maryland to be equipped with an internal locking device by 2003.

"Maryland joins a growing number of states across the country that are taking actions to make guns safer and to keep guns out of the wrong hands," Clinton said in a statement. "I challenge the Congress to enact gun-safety legislation before the one-year anniversary of the Columbine tragedy on April 20th."

The State House bill-signing will give Clinton a chance to urge other states to pass similar measures. Legislation to require trigger locks, impose criminal background checks on gun show customers and to raise the legal age of handgun possession from 18 to 21 is languishing in Congress.

"The governor is pleased that the president is enthusiastically supporting this groundbreaking legislation and looks forward to working with him to promote gun safety," said Michael Morrill, a Glendening spokesman.

Clinton called Glendening to congratulate him Monday night after the final House vote.

Pub Date: 4/05/00

In Annapolis

Today's highlights:

Senate meets, 10 a.m., Senate chamber.

House of Delegates meets, 10 a.m., House chamber.

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