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January 3, 2013
I feel compelled to respond to Christian Wilson's letter ("Quick-fix legislation won't solve our gun violence problem," Dec. 31). The author really made a compelling case for gun laws, the opposite of what he intended. He is correct that laws cannot keep everyone from doing violence. That is why dangerous weapons like assault rifles should not be readily available. Does anyone think that Adam Lanza would attack an elementary school with a hammer? If he did, there would probably be no one dead there.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Democrat Anthony G. Brown's latest attack ad takes aim at Republican Larry Hogan's opposition to Maryland's new ban on the sale of military-style assault rifles.  The 30-second spot juxtaposes an assault rifle beside footage of empty swings, children playing outside, a grocery store and an office. The images are set to ominous music and a bass line that resembles a heartbeat, which stops thumping at the sound of a bullet being loaded into a chamber.  "Assault weapons don't belong in Maryland," the narrator concludes.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2010
A man who brandished an assault rifle at Baltimore police officers early Sunday did not obey a command to drop it and was shot numerous times, a spokesman for the department said. James Montez Lucas, 30, was on life support at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after surgery, Anthony Guglielmi said. The officer who shot Lucas is a three-year veteran of the force. As is customary in such cases, the officer's name is being temporarily withheld, and he has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into the incident.
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August 17, 2014
The most popular rifle in America is the AR-15, which looks like M-16 but does not operate like one. Maryland's legislature banned the look in spite of fact that the function never matched ( "Federal judge upholds assault rifle ban," Aug. 12). Science and records say assault rifles are seldom involved in crime. Research and common sense says good guys with guns save lives. While cops are usually good guys, their failure rate is high. Maryland put almost 60 bad cops in jail over the last two years.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,dick.irwin@baltsun.com | January 15, 2009
A man was shot last night after pointing a large-caliber Chinese assault rifle at a city police officer during a foot chase in the Better Waverly neighborhood in East Baltimore, a police spokesman said. The gunman underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where his condition was not available late last night. The officer, whose name was not made public, is a even-year member of the police force and is assigned to the Northern District's gang unit. He was not hurt. Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman, said that about 9:20 p.m., police received a call of illegal activity in the 2700 block of Greenmount Ave. and approached a man holding a large duffel bag. Moses said that as officers neared, the man ran down nearby streets and alleys with police in pursuit.
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May 1, 1991
A 2-year-old boy narrowly escaped injury Monday evening when a man armed with an assault rifle fired at least six shots at the boy's parents' car after a traffic dispute.County police said Lidia Dicke of Glen Burnie was driving her 1988 Ford Bronco at about 7:40 p.m. when she got into an argument with Steven Lawrence Curran, 18, of the 1000 block Genine Drive in Glen Burnie.Police said Dicke, her son and husband, Philip, followed Curran home to get his license plate number.Curran went into his home andcame out with a knife, police said.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer | August 29, 1994
A U.S. Senate candidate raffled off an assault rifle yesterday -- a weapon just days away from becoming illegal for sale nationwide -- to raise money for his campaign.On a muggy Annapolis evening, Republican C. Ronald Franks stood outside Bob's Coins and Guns store and selected the winning ticket from among 3,769 stuffed inside a pretzel barrel.The winner gets a Colt AR-15 H-BAR, a rifle that will be banned from sale, transfer and manufacture when President Clinton signs the crime bill after Labor Day.Dr.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | June 14, 1999
A man suspected of firing an assault rifle after he was evicted from a party in Savage late Saturday was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and weapons violations, Howard County police said.Police said the man brought the rifle to a private party in the 8200 block of Glen Court and was told to leave. After he left, gunshots were reported in the area, police said.There were no injuries.During a ground and air search, police saw the man in the 8600 block of Washington Blvd. in Jessup and arrested him. Police found a .223 caliber Ruger mini-14 assault rifle and several clips.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | April 23, 1997
An 18-year-old Cape St. Claire man who pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment was sentenced to five years' probation yesterday as the accomplice in a summertime drive-by shooting at a Cape St. Claire convenience store.Kevin M. Kurtinitis of the 100 block of Riverboat Court was given a five-year suspended sentence and ordered to get drug counseling. For three years of his probation, he will have to report regularly to a probation officer.Assistant State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said Kurtinitis supplied his 20-year-old brother, Charles, with a Chinese-made assault rifle and that the older brother fired seven times into two parked cars and a 7-Eleven in the 1400 block of Cape St. Claire Road shortly after midnight Aug. 31.Leitess said Charles Kurtinitis Jr. of the 200 block of Cape St. John Road in Riva is to be tried on a charge of attempted murder May 22.Police said the gunshots didn't hit anyone but that the bullets were meant for three people targeted after a traffic dispute.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2012
The suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings is not and has never been a member of the armed forces, the Pentagon said Friday. Authorities say shooting suspect James Holmes carried an assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun and wore full body armor during the attack that left 12 dead and dozens injured at the theater in Aurora, Colo. Police say his apartment was rigged with explosives. The Pentagon said two airmen and one sailor were injured in the attack. Another sailor who was known to have been at the theater was unaccounted for. Aurora is home to Buckley Air Force Base, and an hour's drive from the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Maryland's new ban on assault rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, handing at least a temporary victory to state officials who say the measures could ward off mass shootings. A collection of gun owners, stores and industry groups had sued the state, saying the bans violated their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Judge Catherine C. Blake disagreed, writing flatly: "I find the law constitutional. " Blake's decision adds to a growing list of legal victories for states that have tightened their gun laws in recent years, even after the Supreme Court decided in 2008 that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.
NEWS
June 4, 2014
It is a comfort, albeit one of small caliber, to learn that there are actions people can take in the cause of gun rights that are so extreme they give pause to some poor soul within the headquarters of the National Rifle Association. Recent demonstrations in Texas in which proponents of open-carry gun laws have toted rifles into fast food outlets en masse got a written reprimand from the NRA - until a spokesman apologized for the criticism. Got that? NRA says don't go so far, gun demonstrators, then apologizes because, well, somebody went too far in suggesting scary tactics are ill-advised.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
Opponents of Maryland's gun laws are falling all over themselves to offer I-told-you-sos after the gun manufacturer Beretta announced it would be building a new plant in Tennessee rather than Maryland. Beretta had warned the state that this would happen before the law was enacted last year, and officials there are making the connection between their decision and gun control, saying they only looked for states with "a consistent history of support for and likelihood of future support for Second Amendment rights.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 26, 2013
A North Laurel man accused of assaulting, imprisoning and threatening to kill a woman in his home was arrested on Main Street in Laurel by Howard County police Thursday afternoon.  Taylor King Pepe, 19, of the 8300 block of Sand Cherry Lane in Laurel, was arrested in connection with the alleged assault of a woman, who police did not identify.  According to the release, police were called around 3:45 a.m. Thursday to Howard County General Hospital,...
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Maryland's gun laws are widely considered tougher than those of neighboring Virginia, but they would not have stopped the Navy Yard shooter from buying a shotgun and walking out of a store with it the same day. Authorities said Aaron Alexis' Monday shooting spree that killed 12 in Washington began with a 12-gauge, 870 Remington pump-action shotgun. He had purchased it two days before from a Virginia gun shop. If Alexis - who police said had brushes with the law and showed signs of mental illness - had visited a Maryland gun store instead, he would have been able to walk out with the same gun. Most of Maryland's strict laws about background checks, waiting periods and purchase limits apply only to regulated firearms, which in most cases means handguns and assault rifles, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Baltimore police seized three assault rifles and more than 7,000 rounds of ammunition in a drug raid on an East Baltimore house just north of Patterson Park. Francisco G. Milos, 29, reportedly told officers he had the weapons because he was "preparing for the war," according to charging documents. When one of the arresting officers, Sgt. Lennardo Bailey, asked him who was going to be part of the war, Milos did not reply, police say. The search warrant was executed on the home in the 100 block of N. Kenwood Ave. in the Baltimore-Linwood neighborhood at 9 p.m. Wednesday, the result of an investigation that included undercover purchases of marijuana from the location, police said.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | January 18, 2001
An Essex woman known as a "neighborhood mom" was sentenced to 16 months in prison yesterday for purchasing the assault rifle that Joseph C. Palczynski used to kill four people during a two-week rampage last March. Constance A. Waugh, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in a Baltimore courtroom packed with relatives of Palczynski's victims. Garbis said sentencing guidelines that locked him into imposing a maximum of 16 months were "very, very low." He added that by giving Waugh the maximum, he was sending a message about illegal gun purchases.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,Sun reporter | January 15, 2008
A Baltimore County judge handed down a sentence without jail time yesterday for a former gun dealer charged with illegally providing a weapon to a man who died in a firefight with police last year. Sanford M. Abrams, an outspoken firearms advocate in Maryland who once served on the board of the National Rifle Association, entered an Alford plea to a single charge of illegally selling a restricted weapon. The plea approved by Circuit Judge John Grason Turnbull II allowed Abrams to maintain his innocence but forced him to concede that the state had enough evidence to convict him. In turn, Abrams, 58, of Owings Mills, received a five-year suspended prison sentence and one year of probation.
NEWS
April 6, 2013
If a killer with an assault rifle would be deterred from attacking a school by a teacher with a pistol, he or she would simply attack a hospital, a church, a sports rally, a political meeting, a bus, etc. ("Gun advocates detail plan to arm teachers," April 3). Unarmed teachers are not the problem. William L. Akers, Windsor Mill
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January 18, 2013
Haven't we had enough of Gov. Martin O'Malley's political grandstanding? Trying to one-up New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not a substitute for governing ("O'Malley to focus on guns," Jan. 10). Maryland already has more gun laws than necessary. Pandering to President Obama's base is too much. Fact: Less than 1 percent of criminals convicted of gun violence used an assault rifle, and even fewer obtained those weapons at a gun show. Mr. O'Malley is great on the hot-button issues but not so much on less politically charged problems.
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