Long stalled, Md gun bill moving ahead

March 28, 2013|By Erin Cox | The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping gun bill that has stalled in the House of Delegates will get a key committee vote on Friday, delegates said.

The Maryland Senate in February moved swiftly on legislation that would ban the sale of assault-style rifles, limit magazines to 10 bullets, tighten rules on when people with mental illnesses can buy guns and require handgun buyers to give fingerprints and get a license.

The bill has stalled without a vote in the House Judiciary Committee for nearly a month as delegates consider whether to scale back the proposal to put fewer restrictions on current gun owners and whether exempt some of the weapons O'Malley would like to ban. 

Committee Chairman Joseph Vallario, a Prince George's County Democrat, said he expects a vote Friday. It is likely the vote will go before a joint session of the Judiciary and the Health and Government Operations committees, the latter of which has been working on the mental health provisions of the bill.

The General Assembly session ends on April 8. 

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