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June 5, 2005
THOUSANDS of guns and other dangerous weapons routinely purchased in the United States and smuggled into Mexico are hampering anti-crime efforts along the border, where violent drug wars and kidnappings - including those of at least 27 Americans - have left hundreds of people dead. The Bush administration must address this problem or it will seriously strain overtaxed U.S. border security and anti-smuggling efforts. Mexican officials, as well as Canadians, frequently voice frustration that their restrictive gun regulations are being undermined by America's more permissive guns laws.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Marylanders have been rushing to buy guns at a rate of 1,000 a day over the past two weeks, hastening the pace of an unprecedented surge in gun sales. More than 102,000 gun purchase applications have been submitted so far this year - twice the number for all of 2011, state police said Monday. "It's like Prohibition," said Rick Kain, a gun owner from Howard County. "People want to get their guns before the law takes effect. " Maryland's tough new gun control law takes effect next week, banning the sale of assault-style rifles and requiring fingerprints and a license to buy a handgun.
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NEWS
October 27, 1994
Del. John Astle likes to tell a story about why, when he was first elected in 1982, he was dead-set against gun control. After growing up in rural West Virginia, where everybody had a gun and nobody ever got hurt, he didn't see why any Marylander who wanted a gun should not be able to get one. But after a while, he says, he started to realize that this isn't rural West Virginia; that some people buy guns, not for sport, but to do ill; that some people who...
NEWS
May 6, 2013
Terrorism, whether practiced in the U.S. or overseas, can be defined as a deliberate act of violence to instill fear in a target audience. We fight terrorism when we stay calm but resolute; we abet terrorists when our response is to panic or try to foment panic in others. This past weekend, the CEO of the National Rifle Association stood up on a stage in Houston and chose to follow the latter route, linking the recent bombings in Boston with gun ownership - or a lack thereof. "How many Bostonians," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre asked, "wish they had a gun two weeks ago?"
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Staff Writer | March 26, 1993
The governor's proposal to regulate the sale of handguns and assault weapons at gun shows survived what probably was its toughest challenge in the General Assembly yesterday.By a 9-2 vote, the bill sailed out of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, a bastion of pro-gun sentiment where most gun control bills in Maryland meet their death. The committee's action means the bill has a good chance of passage by the full legislature.Although that bill survived, the committee shot down a more radical Schaefer administration bill that would have banned the sale of 15 types of assault pistols.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Staff Writer | March 31, 1993
The General Assembly moved to tighten the state's gun laws yesterday as both houses voted to curtail the unregulated sale of weapons at gun shows.The legislation -- a victory for Gov. William Donald Schaefer over the gun lobby -- would enable state police to register more handguns and assault weapons and to check on more people who buy them.The measure is virtually certain to be signed into law.Maryland's effort comes on the heels of another, larger win for gun-control advocates -- the enactment in Virginia of a law that prevents people from buying more than one gun a month.
NEWS
September 24, 2007
ANortheast Baltimore man shoots and kills his girlfriend, drives their two children to a relative's house, and then returns to their home and kills himself. Two young men trade gunfire on a street in Northeast Baltimore and a high school student gets caught in the cross-fire and dies. A murder witness is killed in a drive-by shooting, and the suspected hit man is a 15-year-old Baltimore boy. A gun too easily had played a role in each of these murders. Mayor Sheila Dixon has tried to focus attention on the proliferation of illegal guns in Baltimore.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,Sun Staff Writer | September 2, 1995
Maryland's top attorney has cleared the way for Baltimore to make its own gun control laws.In an opinion released this week, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said Maryland's "home-rule" provisions against local laws do not apply to Baltimore handguns."
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Staff Writer | March 31, 1993
The Maryland General Assembly moved to tighten the state's gun laws yesterday as both houses voted to curtail the unregulated sale of weapons at gun shows.The legislation -- a victory for Gov. William Donald Schaefer over the gun lobby -- would enable state police to register more handguns and assault weapons and to check the backgrounds of more people who buy them.The measure is virtually certain to be signed into law.Maryland's effort comes on the heels of another, larger win for gun-control advocates -- the enactment of a Virginia law that prevents people from buying more than one gun a month.
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By Elise T. Chisolm | January 12, 1993
Jay Pitel can't believe his good luck. Neither can his friends. On Dec. 11, when three gunmen entered his store to rob him, he resisted and was shot in the head twice.He was rushed to Maryland's Shock-Trauma Unit, released a couple of days later and went back to work.Born in India and raised in Uganda, Mr. Pitel is owner of the Country Corner Store in Oella, a small community tucked away in the hills between Catonsville and Ellicott City.One sunny day after Christmas he wanted to talk about the gun epidemic.
NEWS
September 24, 2007
ANortheast Baltimore man shoots and kills his girlfriend, drives their two children to a relative's house, and then returns to their home and kills himself. Two young men trade gunfire on a street in Northeast Baltimore and a high school student gets caught in the cross-fire and dies. A murder witness is killed in a drive-by shooting, and the suspected hit man is a 15-year-old Baltimore boy. A gun too easily had played a role in each of these murders. Mayor Sheila Dixon has tried to focus attention on the proliferation of illegal guns in Baltimore.
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | June 7, 2005
NOBODY IN the Baltimore Police Department thinks he can buy his way out of the city's continuing gun violence. These are not naive people. They're heard the public ridicule, and they know the murderous history of the past 35 years, as well as the history of gun buybacks, which are seen as exercises in noble futility. But maybe the police have a point. They work in neighborhoods where kids not yet old enough to drive a car carry weapons as part of their street swagger, and reach for them in some pathetic instinct of misguided machismo, and they see people shoot each other by the hundreds each year - people who are kept alive only by the infinite skills of our hospitals.
NEWS
June 5, 2005
THOUSANDS of guns and other dangerous weapons routinely purchased in the United States and smuggled into Mexico are hampering anti-crime efforts along the border, where violent drug wars and kidnappings - including those of at least 27 Americans - have left hundreds of people dead. The Bush administration must address this problem or it will seriously strain overtaxed U.S. border security and anti-smuggling efforts. Mexican officials, as well as Canadians, frequently voice frustration that their restrictive gun regulations are being undermined by America's more permissive guns laws.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 8, 2005
WASHINGTON - Dozens of terrorist suspects on federal watch lists were allowed to buy firearms legally in the United States last year, according to a congressional investigation that points up major vulnerabilities in federal gun laws. People suspected of being members of terrorist groups are not automatically barred from legally buying a gun, and the new investigation, conducted by congressional officials at the Government Accountability Office, indicated that people with clear links to terrorist groups had taken advantage of this gap on a regular basis.
NEWS
April 28, 2001
Two Anne Arundel County residents were arrested yesterday and charged in the illegal acquisition of a shotgun and a handgun in a "straw" purchase this year, authorities said. Shannon Lee Borum, 25, of Odenton is accused of buying a shotgun and handgun in January and giving them to Eric R. Downey, 22, also of Odenton, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said in a news release. Downey was barred from buying weapons because of a juvenile conviction for distributing cocaine, Curran said.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,Sun Staff | April 28, 2001
An Owings Mills man was arrested yesterday on charges of using someone else's identification to purchase three handguns and then trying to buy another gun, Maryland State Police said. Adonay Noguera-Sagastume, 20, of the first block of Richmar Road, was charged with lying on gun application forms and perjury, said Capt. Jack Simpson of the state police. Noguera-Sagastume, a Guatemalan immigrant, is accused of buying three handguns last year using a New Jersey man's identity. He also is accused of using the same identity in February to try to purchase a 9mm Glock handgun from White Marsh Arms in Owings Mills, Simpson said.
NEWS
May 22, 1992
In an emotional response to the Los Angeles riots, Californians are rushing to gun stores. State law makes them wait 15 days before completing weapons purchases, so buyers have even made a run on World War II rifles, for which there is no waiting period. L.A. gun shops have reported 50-percent, even 100-percent sales increases. People in other states are also rushing to buy guns. (There's no telling how bad it is here. Maryland State Police figures for April and May gun-permit applications won't be available before June.
NEWS
By GARY PHILLIPS | March 9, 1997
The recent bank shootout in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles is a bloody reminder that too many guns with too much firepower are much too readily available in this country.Both bank robbers were killed, while 10 police officers and several civilians were wounded.Life seems to be imitating art, or at least the movie "Heat." Rentals of this film, released a year ago, have sharply increased in the Los Angeles area since the incident. In the movie, a big shootout takes place outside a downtown bank.
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | July 18, 2000
An Essex woman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court yesterday to illegally purchasing the rifle and ammunition that Joseph C. Palczynski used in a two-week rampage and hostage standoff that left four people dead in March. Constance A. Waugh, 48, appeared frail and tearful as she pleaded guilty to knowingly providing the firearm to a convicted felon. When she was arrested in March, Waugh told police that Palczynski gave her money to buy the rifle and a Mossberg shotgun, telling her he wanted them for target shooting.
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By Mike Dorning | June 25, 2000
WASHINGTON - Piles of weapons handed over to the police for a few dollars make compelling photographs, but repeated studies of politically popular gun buy-back programs across the country have found no detectable effect on violent crime or on firearms deaths. What's more, the guns and the owners that turn up for buy-backs represent neither the kinds of weapons nor the types of people generally involved in gun crimes, said several researchers who have studied the programs. And some of those who participate in the buy-backs are cashing in on spare weapons but keeping at least one at home - or they are planning to use the proceeds to purchase another gun. Gun buy-back programs, in which local governments encourage residents to turn in firearms using modest cash payments or gift certificates as incentives, have become a recurring and highly visible feature of the American dialogue on violence.
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