Busch, Rawlings-Blake to back new gun law advertisements

  • House Speaker Michael Busch speaks from the rostrum at the State House.
House Speaker Michael Busch speaks from the rostrum at the State… (Barbara Haddock Taylor )
September 16, 2013|Erin Cox | The Baltimore Sun

Radio advertisements praising Maryland's new gun law will begin airing in the Baltimore area this week, advocates said, and two prominent area Democrats will lend their voices to supporting the campaign.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are scheduled to be at an event Tuesday unveiling the ads, which promote a new handgun licensing law that takes effect Oct. 1. 

Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence announced Monday that the ads will feature Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson, Bishop Eugene Sutton of the Episcopal Diocese, a hunter and a mother discussing the benefits of the new gun license system. Starting next month, potential handgun buyers must submit their fingerprints in order to get a license - a measure aimed at limiting so-called "straw-purchasers" buying guns on behalf of other people.

Busch, Rawlings-Blake and state Sen. Brian Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat will be among the people announcing the new ads at an event in Baltimore.

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