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July 31, 2012
Contrary to the assertions in Doyle McManus' op-ed ("People, not politicians, killed gun control," July 27), the national gun laws enacted in the 1990s did help reduce gun violence, and most Americans, including gun owners, support key new laws such as universal background checks for gun purchases. In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law a measure that banned assault weapons (like the AK-47 used by the Colorado mass murderer) and gun magazines that could shoot more than 10 bullets at one time (the Colorado shooter used a 100-round magazine)
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Lawyers for the state and gun rights advocates debated in federal court Tuesday about the government's power to hem in the Second Amendment to ward off mass shootings. Spectators crammed into a federal courtroom in downtown Baltimore to watch the hearing regarding bans on the sale or sharing of assault rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Those provisions, which took effect in October, were among a package of measures enacted to strengthen Maryland's gun laws after 26 people were killed in an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
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NEWS
October 7, 2010
This letter is in response to your editorial "Awash in illicit guns" (Oct. 6). Everyone agrees that illegal firearms are a problem. However, to blame other states and give a free pass to the Maryland General Assembly is ridiculous. There are two common sense gun laws the Maryland General Assembly could pass to punish those that possess illegal weapons. Number One: Enact a "shall issue" concealed carry law that allows lawful citizens to carry a handgun without the need to show good cause to the Maryland State Police.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
We recently witnessed another senseless mass shooting that injured one child and took the lives of four children and two adults ("Texas shooting suspect collapses in courtroom," July 12). The shooting in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, illustrates how our federal gun laws are insufficient when it comes to domestic abusers and how easily they can still get their hands on guns. Ron Lee Haskell, the accused shooter, is a domestic abuser who previously had been arrested for assaulting his wife.
NEWS
July 25, 2012
There he goes again. The foolishness periodically advanced by Dan Rodricks that more stringent gun laws will somehow cause a reduction in gun crimes ("Adapting to the newest form of gun insanity," July 24) is belied by history, common sense and the real world. Even Draconian gun control regimens imposed by governments of all kinds since the invention of gunpowder have failed to make a dent in the acquisition of arms by those intent on criminality, be they drug traffickers in Mexico or East Baltimore, madmen in Norway or Colorado, terrorists in almost every country in the world, insurgents, justified or not, of all kinds, and those motivated by more mundane factors - lust, greed, envy, revenge, etc. Very few of the huge number of public shootings in Baltimore each year are committed by those who acquired their weapons legally.
NEWS
January 28, 2011
Just weeks after the Tucson shootings, Maryland delegates began hearings on HB09, "Regulated Firearms – License Issued by Delaware, Pennsylvania, or Virginia – Reciprocity. " It mandates reciprocal recognition of concealed weapons permits. But there's a bigger game afoot. Virginia offers non-resident permits. Maryland residents unable to obtain a permit here might obtain one under Virginia's lower standards and be empowered to carry weapons here. And that's the real goal.
NEWS
February 19, 2013
Sensible gun legislation is no threat to Second Amendment rights. Although there is no one solution to violence by the use of a gun, the death of many people could be avoided by outlawing assault weapons and high capacity gun clips, as well as requiring background checks on everyone purchasing a gun. Polls show that a large majority of responsible gun owners support such legislation. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said that victims of gun violence and their families deserve a vote ("We deserve a vote," Feb. 17)
NEWS
January 19, 2013
I'd like to propose a hypothetical situation that too few people seem to be imagining themselves in these past few weeks. Please, consider this story: Through some paranormal revelation, you know that you will be mugged tomorrow at gunpoint. You don't know when exactly. You don't know what your assailant will look like. You only know that your attacker will be armed. As a law-abiding citizen of the great state of Maryland, you cannot go out and purchase a defensive weapon from a licensed dealer.
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By Annie Linskey | annie.linskey@baltsun.com | February 3, 2010
Baltimore's incoming mayor, Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, pressed Annapolis lawmakers to toughen state gun laws at a packed hearing Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, saying "we have to do more" to build on successes in reducing crime. Rawlings-Blake, who will take the city's helm Thursday when Mayor Sheila Dixon steps down, spoke briefly to the committee. The delegates welcomed her warmly, at times calling her "mayor-elect" and "mayor." The legislation she supports would broaden an offense known as "use of a handgun in commission of a crime."
NEWS
January 18, 2013
Like many of Gov. Martin O'Malley's constituents, I strongly urge him to withdraw any legislation to ban so-called "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazines. He should stop any legislation that creates gun-free zones and not make laws that hurt law-abiding citizens and hinder commerce in this state. Paradoxically, gun control clears a path for violence and makes aggression more likely. Creating gun-free zones doesn't make a difference to a criminal who intends to do harm. If gun-free zones made a difference, why would the worst shootings consistently happen in gun-free zones such as schools, malls and theaters?
NEWS
July 17, 2014
The recent comments by Vincent DeMarco ( "Tougher gun laws are helping reduce homicides in Baltimore," July 5) are flawed in many respects. First he only points to New York City for statistics that support his views, but when other large cities like Chicago with strict gun laws are used, the reverse is true. Second Mr. DeMarco and The Baltimore Sun never report the statistics of how many people arrested for violent crimes have legal weapons. Third, the Maryland law has not made it more difficult for criminals to purchase firearms; rather, it has created a revenue source for the state and made it more difficult for law abiding citizens to purchase firearms.
NEWS
July 5, 2014
The Sun's recent front-page story about the substantial drop in gun homicides in Baltimore over the past few months is good news for all of us ( "After an uptick, Baltimore homicides return to trend of decline ," July 1). In fact, statewide in Maryland, gun deaths have gone down 24 percent between in the first five months of 2014 compared to the same period last year. We at Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence commend the Baltimore City Police Department for the effective new policing policies described in the article, which surely contributed to this decline in gun deaths.
NEWS
March 20, 2014
It is unfortunate that Republican gubernatorial candidate David Craig recently called for the repeal of the life-saving Firearms Safety Act of 2013 ( "Craig vows to reverse gun laws, seek sales tax break for Md. goods," March 12). The key provision of this law, which requires handgun purchasers to obtain a fingerprint-based license from the State Police, is a proven tool to keep guns out of the wrong hands and prevent gun violence. States that have required fingerprint licensing for handgun purchasers for decades have significantly lower gun death rates than states that don't.
NEWS
March 17, 2014
County Executive David Craig is making it way too easy not to vote for him ( "Craig vows to reverse gun laws, seek sales tax break for Md. goods," March 12). Is he running for governor of Disney World? State government has a lot of bills to pay for education, public safety, infrastructure, etc., and I don't see how Mr. Craig's gift to the wealthy is going to make up for the tax money that isn't collected. I really don't see why Marylanders owe anything to the very wealthy. Consider how they treat us. The corporate failure of Bethlehem Steel to reinvest in modernizing equipment so that we could be competitive with other countries caused the plant shutdown and the loss of thousands of jobs.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Republican Harford County Executive David R. Craig said that if elected governor, he would roll back Maryland's strict gun-control laws and push a sales tax exemption for goods manufactured in the state. Craig identified at least six taxes he would like to reduce or repeal during an hourlong discussion Wednesday at a Baltimore Sun Newsmaker Forum, starting with his plan to eliminate the state income tax. Levies on estates, inheritances, stormwater runoff, septic systems and products manufactured in Maryland would be targeted for repeal later in his administration, he said in an interview afterward.
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Tim Wheeler | March 4, 2014
A bill aimed at preventing guns from being sold to people legally barred from owning them drew fire Tuesday night in Annapolis, as gun rights advocates charged the measure would simply let state authorities drag out sales now delayed for months because of a large backlog in Maryland State Police background checks. The bill by Del. Jon S. Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, would require that a prospective gun owner's background check be complete before the weapon's sale, transfer or lease, regardless of how long that takes.
NEWS
January 15, 2013
If ever there were an issue that both defines and energizes the political left versus right, gun control would have to be in the top three. As a result of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., the Obama administration and state legislatures all over the country are crafting new legislation to at least make it look like something is being done about the use of guns in the commission of crimes. I guess in a representative democracy like ours this is to be expected. This is a very human, albeit emotional reaction to a terrible event.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
Several hundred gun-rights advocates rallied in Annapolis Tuesday, saying they'll work to unseat state legislators who voted for Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun-control law in 2013. "The dragon that got awoken last year is still on patrol," said Shannon Alford, Maryland lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, to the more than 300 people gathered at Lawyer's Mall in freezing temperatures. It may have been a fraction of the crowd drawn to the State House complex last year as the legislature debated a ban on the sale of assault weapons, but advocates warned the activism ignited last year would continue, leading chants of "freedom" and the Second Amendment's final clause "shall not be infringed.
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