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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,Sun Staff Writer | February 6, 1994
Supporters will invoke the names of slain children; opponents will raise the specter of an American Hitler.The issue dividing them is gun control. And as it moves to center stage in Annapolis tomorrow, it promises to generate some of the most incendiary debate in this year's legislative session.Amid the sound and fury, though, nobody is expected to offer much evidence on the key question: Will any of the proposed measures make Maryland safer?That is because no one really knows.The proposals to be submitted to the legislature are either too new or too hard to analyze in the states where they have been enacted.
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Dan Rodricks | March 6, 2013
From Washington to Annapolis to Hartford, Conn., wherever new gun restrictions are being debated, it's important to remember Sandy Hook. That's not a plea to the emotions. That's a plea to human decency and common sense - a reminder of the personal pledges we made to do something about the dangerously easy availability of assault weapons in a society that claims to be civilized. On that Friday in December, the nation howled, "Enough," and after years of doing nothing, elected officials are trying to do something to turn back the violence that rages due to the mixture of guns, criminality and madness.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,Sun Staff Writer | November 22, 1994
Claiming support from the apparent governor-elect as well as a majority of the incoming legislature, gun control advocates said yesterday they would push to pass a sweeping plan next year making Maryland's gun laws among the toughest in the nation.The comprehensive proposal would require licensing prospective handgun owners as well as regulating private handgun sales, a huge loophole through which criminals regularly obtain firearms.Vincent DeMarco, executive director of Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse, said yesterday that the plan has the support of 25 state senators -- one more than the majority needed to pass it. In the House, he said, 75 delegates support the plan -- four more than needed for approval there.
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February 4, 2013
Once again, politicians and appointed police chiefs have shown how out of touch they are ("Chief calls for stricter gun laws," Jan. 31). Criminals do not register their guns, and out of the 200-plus murders in Baltimore City last year, not one was committed with an assault weapon. Maybe all the politicians and police chiefs be required to watch the series "The Wire. " Joe Heming
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | January 4, 1996
For years, Maryland gun control advocates have counted on allies in Howard County.Such was the case yesterday, when the Howard County Clergy for Social Justice and other activists held a news conference to support Gov. Parris N. Glendening's new gun control proposals."
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By Sarah Koenig and Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2002
Gun control advocates criticized Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. anew yesterday for his support of a bill that would give sweeping legal immunity to the gun industry. The bill, backed by the National Rifle Association, would bar certain kinds of lawsuits against gun dealers, manufacturers and trade associations. Ehrlich, a Republican running for governor, voted in favor of the measure yesterday as it passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill would not affect lawsuits claiming breach of contract or negligence on the part of the gun industry.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2002
Gun control advocates are hoping to make Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s record on firearms legislation a key issue in the governor's race, beginning with a rally today outside his campaign headquarters. Members of Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse and others say that Ehrlich, the leading Republican gubernatorial candidate, has acted much like a spokesman for the National Rifle Association with his longtime opposition to tougher gun laws. They point to his vote as a state delegate against a bill to ban Saturday-night specials, and a later vote in Congress to repeal a national assault weapons ban. "He's not at all about preventing gun crime," said Ginni Wolf, executive director of MAHA and an organizer of today's rally.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Staff Writer | April 15, 1993
Just two days after the close of the 1993 General Assembly, Maryland gun control advocates revealed a major goal for next year -- a law here similar to the new law in Virginia that prevents people from buying more than one gun a month."
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By GEORGE F. WILL | March 21, 1991
Washington. Two staggering facts about today's America are the carnage that is a consequence of virtually uncontrolled private ownership of guns, and Americans' toleration of that carnage.Class, not racial, bias explains toleration of scandals such as this: More teen-age males die from gun-fire than from all natural causes combined, and a black male teen-ager is 11 times more likely than a white counterpart to be killed by a bullet.If sons of the confident, assertive, articulate middle class, regardless of race, were dying in such epidemic numbers, gun control would be considered a national imperative.
NEWS
June 27, 1999
The media,gun control advocates and our president continued to portray the National Rifle Association as more concerned about guns then children. Enough. Let us get something very clear: I am the NRA along with more than 2.7 million other fathers and mothers.As a law-abiding citizen, I am incensed that the president and certain members of Congress are accusing us of not being concerned about the safety of our children and grandchildren.The NRA has always been in the forefront of teaching safety as it pertains to firearms.
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Dan Rodricks | December 17, 2012
Let's be honest about this: Those of us who believe there are too many guns - and too many military-style guns that should not even be manufactured for, much less sold to, the civilian market - have taken a walk on gun regulation. We conceded victory to the gun lobby years ago and, much like those who represent us in state legislatures and Congress, we have not returned to the debate - not even after Tucson and Aurora. I am among the retired advocates for sane gun laws. I go back three decades on it. Several times over the last few years, I wrote columns conceding victory to the National Rifle Association as it won all of its important political battles for all kinds of firearms, including assault rifles.
NEWS
March 8, 2011
In an attempt to capitalize on the tragic event in Arizona, the Maryland Legislature has decided that placing more restrictions on law abiding citizens who already must negotiate a labyrinth of complicated gun laws would somehow reduce crime. House Bill 330 seeks to reduce the maximum capacity of a firearm's magazine to the arbitrary number of 10 rounds. Instead of making us safer, this bill would accelerate the devastation of our economy by driving out local manufacturers, such as Beretta, who could no longer make magazines of standard capacity (standard capacity of a handgun magazine is between 12 and 17 rounds for most handguns and 30 rounds for the country's most popular rifle, the AR-15)
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 27, 2011
John Thomas Chambers Jr., Annapolis' first black mayor, died Friday morning of a heart attack. His death came five days before his 83rd birthday. "He loved helping others," said Hannah Scott Chambers, his wife of 57 years. "He loved all sports, and he loved church, children and people. He was an unusual individual. I kept expecting him to change. Thank God he never did. " The second oldest of four children, Mr. Chambers was born and raised in the Parole community of Annapolis. His father, the Rev. John T. Chambers Sr., owned the popular Chambers Barber Shop, and was one of the founders of the Anne Arundel County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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By Brian Doherty | June 30, 2008
The Supreme Court's decision in the District of Columbia v. Heller case settles a long, heated debate, finding the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own weapons for self-defense - not merely a right related to membership in a "well-regulated militia." But the ruling doesn't end the struggle over gun control, nor does it mean gun regulations have been eliminated. The court lists a number of laws the decision does not affect, including concealed-weapon prohibitions and "long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms."
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 30, 2005
WASHINGTON - The Senate has easily passed legislation long desired by the National Rifle Association that would block most civil lawsuits against gun makers and dealers whose products are used to commit crimes. Despite strong opposition from gun control advocates, 14 Democrats - most from rural or heavily Republican states - joined all but two Republicans in the 65-31 vote yesterday. The bipartisan vote underscored the changing politics of gun control, an issue Democrats championed in the 1980s and early 1990s but have since backed away from as politically damaging.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 10, 2004
WASHINGTON - Carrying homemade signs and photographs of loved ones killed by gunfire, gun control advocates used a Mother's Day rally yesterday to begin a campaign to lobby for renewal of a ban on assault weapons. The rally, the Million Mom March, attracted about 2,500 people, its organizers said. It focused on supporting legislation to renew the 1994 ban on semiautomatic assault rifles, which is to expire in September. The legislation is unlikely to move forward in the Republican-controlled Congress, and gun control advocates hope to make it an election-year issue.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 10, 2004
WASHINGTON - Carrying homemade signs and photographs of loved ones killed by gunfire, gun control advocates used a Mother's Day rally yesterday to begin a campaign to lobby for renewal of a ban on assault weapons. The rally, the Million Mom March, attracted about 2,500 people, its organizers said. It focused on supporting legislation to renew the 1994 ban on semiautomatic assault rifles, which is to expire in September. The legislation is unlikely to move forward in the Republican-controlled Congress, and gun control advocates hope to make it an election-year issue.
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By Kristina Herrndobler and Kristina Herrndobler,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 3, 2004
WASHINGTON - In a victory for gun control advocates yesterday, the Senate rejected a popular bill to protect gun manufacturers, wholesalers and dealers from liability lawsuits when guns are used in crimes. The bill had broad support in the Senate and was a priority for gun rights groups - and President Bush had said he would sign it - but when Senate Democrats added two gun control amendments, supporters decided to kill the bill instead of accepting the amended version. Before the final vote, Sen. Larry E. Craig, an Idaho Republican who was the chief author of the liability protection legislation, said that once the gun control amendments were added, the House of Representatives would never accept the bill, so there was no point trying to pass it. `Wounded' bill "This was a very important bill, a substantial move in tort reform.
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