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January 19, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Taylor warns police that gun safety law could be modified

The General Assembly is likely to reopen debate over a Maryland gun safety law if state police fail to correct problems with the way they are implementing it, House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. said yesterday.

In a letter to Col. David B. Mitchell, state police superintendent, Taylor warned that "a lack of prompt attention to this matter by your agency" would lead to legislative proposals to modify the law.

Taylor's concerns stem from a requirement that manufacturers provide a spent shell casing with any handgun they ship to Maryland to help police track guns that are later used in crimes. Some manufacturers have balked at the requirement and have refused to ship guns here. Gun rights advocates say gun dealers or state police should be allowed to fire the weapons and supply the casings, but Mitchell's agency says it does not have the authority to approve that.

2 bills introduced seeking school gun safety courses

Two state lawmakers from opposite ends of the political spectrum have introduced bills that would require schools to instruct children in gun safety.

The bills are sponsored by Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, a Baltimore Democrat, and Del. Carmen Amedori, a Carroll Republican.

The measures, which differ slightly, would require each school system in Maryland to develop a gun-safety course. Hoffman's measure would apply to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, while Amedori's would apply to kindergarten through sixth grade.

Campaign finance reports on elections board's site

The State Board of Elections has announced that it now offers online access to candidates' campaign finance reports, a step designed to shed more light on political spending in the state.

Visitors to the board's Web site, www.elections.state.md.us, can enter the name of a giver and receive a list of all contributions by that person or company. Users also can enter a candidate's name and see a list of all contributions to his or her campaign.

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