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March 31, 2013
I am a gun owner, and in spite of Dan Rodricks ' view to the contrary, I am not "unmoved by the extension of mass killings into first grade classrooms," nor do I possess an adolescent attitude and do not "stream out of my man-cave. " These are all pejoratives used by Mr. Rodricks in his column ("Let's be grown-ups on marriage and guns," March 28). In fact, I received degrees from two Ivy League universities and taught at a third. I target shoot weekly and at the side of a surprisingly large number of clergy, professionals, entrepreneurs, lawyers and judges, senior couples and retirees, most of whom share similar concerns.
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NEWS
October 8, 2014
Jack Mccauley's letter belittling the Firearms Safety Act fails to mention the most important parts of the new law - the requirement that handgun purchasers get a fingerprint-based license and the authority for the state police to regulate firearms dealers ( "O'Malley, Brown are kidding themselves with gun law," Oct. 7). According to Professor Daniel Webster of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other gun violence prevention experts, laws like these in other states are working to keep guns out of the wrong hands and save lives.
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NEWS
January 19, 2013
I am writing to express my sincere disappointment at how lawful gun owners are treated in this state. Ever year, it seems, we are subjected to increasingly draconian gun laws that are in direct conflict with the Second Amendment (which the Supreme Court has held to be an individual right for the law abiding to own and carry firearms for self defense). If I may quote a Supreme Court in Murdock v. Pennsylvania, "No State shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and charge a fee therefore.
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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
January 10, 2013
I read with interest the Baltimore Sun article about the New York-based Journal News publishing an on-line interactive map detailing the names and addresses of licensed gun owners in two New York counties, with a third county - Putnam County - balking at a freedom of information request to release that information with respect to its residents ("Gun owners, paper battle over right to bare names," Jan. 4). What a great idea! Let the criminals know exactly where all the privately owned guns are located so that they know just where to go to steal them.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
I support the National Rifle Association's position of stationing armed guards at every school ("NRA to America: Blame yourself, not us," Dec. 21). However, I do not want my taxes increased to pay for armed school guards. I want the gun owners themselves to pay for it. Tax all guns with a sales tax of 150 percent and charge a permit fee of $300 per year per gun to pay for more armed school police. Also ban assault weapons, require background checks and mental evaluations to be paid for by potential gun owners, ban ammunition clips of more than 10 rounds and require all guns to be kept locked up. People with guns kill a lot of people.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
Your recent editorial expressed outrage at the National Rifle Association's ridiculous claim that the answer to the Newtown school shooting is more guns in schools ("NRA to America: Blame yourself, not us," Dec. 21). But what position did you expect the NRA to take? The NRA does not represent gun safety advocates, nor does it represent gun owners. It is a trade association largely funded by gun manufacturers and its sole mission is to promote gun sales and increase profits for those manufacturers.
NEWS
March 29, 2012
Shame on The Sun throwing away its credibility on editorials such as "License to kill" (March 23). The Sun seems to have jumped on the bandwagon of emotion and hype regarding Florida's gun laws. Like most anti-gun media, you use certain phrases and words to generate emotional responses while ignoring the facts because the facts refute your views. Unfortunately, most liberal anti-gun advocates refuse to use hard facts and data and will revert to the most emotional issues every time.
NEWS
February 18, 2013
The debate over gun violence has focused on restricting sales of military-style assault weapons, semiautomatic pistols and background checks. Where is the concern for the victims of shooting? The Declaration of Independence states "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. " One bullet can rob a person of all these rights.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
Outspoken Del. Patrick L. McDonough outlined his plans for tough penalties for gun crimes as firearms owners gathered at a Bel Air shooting range as part of a national series of events to push back against proposed gun control measures. "What I'm mad as hell about is they want to take our Second Amendment rights away, but they don't care about people who are really committing the crimes," McDonough said of people proposing new gun laws. He was speaking at the Horst & McCann indoor gun range in Bel Air as part of a series of events dubbed "Gun Appreciation Day," by a Republican political consultant, and staged as a protest against new gun laws that President Barack Obama and governors including Martin O'Malley have proposed in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
NEWS
April 19, 2014
I was going to congratulate columnist Thomas F. Schaller, who I actually thought might write something in a recent column that didn't tear down conservatives or the GOP ( "Paper or plastic?" April 15). But he sucked me in and then hit me with this stupid statement: "I wish some of the conservatives who complain incessantly about the predations of 'Big Brother' governments they fear are tracking their gun purchases would raise at least the occasional objection to how much corporations now know about the rest of our consumer behaviors.
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.
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By Justin George and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Dan Millen remembers Darion Marcus Aguilar walking into his Rockville gun shop with an air of confidence and a wad of cash. Aguilar wanted a shotgun, which he said he planned to keep in his home for protection. Aguilar's dress was nondescript, Millen said, except for a pair of high-top skateboarding shoes. The 19-year-old asked to see a Mossberg 500 series 12-gauge, a basic pump-action model used for sport, bird hunting or self-defense. He passed a state-mandated FBI criminal background check within minutes, paid $430 and walked out of the store Dec. 10 with the shotgun, which authorities say he used Saturday to kill two employees at a skate shop in The Mall in Columbia before taking his own life.
NEWS
January 17, 2014
In the near future I am moving to Maryland. I wish I could say I was happy about this prospect and the adventure of living in a new place, but I'm not. What concerns me is that I am assumed to be a criminal by the state of Maryland. You see, I am one of those crazy gun owners ( "Maryland gun law improves safety," Jan. 14). I own handguns that have standard capacity magazines of more than 10 rounds. I own shotguns. I own rifles. I also have a concealed handgun licenses from three states and can carry concealed legally in approximately 42 states.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
A veteran Baltimore County police officer has been charged with failing to secure a firearm after his 11-year-old son handled his service weapon, firing it into a bedroom door, according to the department. Officer Timothy Kennedy's son grabbed his father's gun he had left on an armoire in his bedroom and discharged the gun into a bedroom door on Oct.11, police said. No one was injured, but Kennedy's wife reported the incident to the department the next day, prompting an investigation.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
A federal judge rejected requests Tuesday to block Maryland's new ban on the sale of assault rifles and to prevent enforcement of a new handgun licensing program. In denying a temporary restraining order, U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake said the plaintiffs undercut their argument for an emergency suspension of the gun control law by waiting to challenge it until a few days before it took effect. "This suit could have been brought months ago, but it was not," Blake said. The constitutional challenge to the ban — and whether the Second Amendment guarantees the right to buy an assault-style rifle to protect one's home — will be the subject of a future hearing and remains to be decided.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,annie.linskey@baltsun.com | September 30, 2008
A new city law requiring gun owners to notify police when their weapon is lost or stolen will help police track down the "bad guy with guns" Baltimore City Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said yesterday. "This is an added tool," Bealefeld said. "I am hoping that other people throughout the state will take notice." The law, which takes effect Nov. 11, requires gun owners to alert police within two days from the time they notice their weapon is missing. Failing to report a missing weapon will be a misdemeanor carrying a $500 fine for a first offense.
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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Julie Hirschfeld Davis,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 15, 2004
RACINE, W.Va. - In a few short weeks, just as the clock ticks down on the last days of the presidential race, West Virginia's fall hunting season will begin. Thousands of people around this important swing state will take their guns and head for its verdant forests and broad valleys in search of fowl and other wildlife, just as their fathers and grandfathers did before them. And some of John Kerry's supporters here hope the Massachusetts Democrat will be among them. Democrats in West Virginia know that many of their state's voters guard their gun rights jealously, and that their fear in 2000 that Al Gore was out to take their weapons - stoked by Republicans and the National Rifle Association - helped seal the former vice president's defeat.
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By Brian E. Frosh | September 30, 2013
When the Maryland Firearm Safety Act goes into effect tomorrow, it will close a gaping hole in our gun violence prevention efforts by requiring firearm purchasers to provide their fingerprints to law enforcement. In the five other states where this policy is already in place, rates of gun-related deaths are among the nation's lowest. We need to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. Background checks have done this so effectively that few criminals nowadays just walk into a store to purchase a gun. Instead, they ask a friend, a relative or even a fellow gang member with no prior record to buy the weapon for them.
NEWS
September 16, 2013
As a Sun subscriber who is also a law-abiding gun owner, I found your recent editorial about gun owners' concerns highly offensive and hypocritical ( "Badly targeted gun gripes," Sept. 10). You criticize gun owners for being upset that sensitive personal information was released to unauthorized agencies or individuals. Yet the person who wrote the editorial did not even have the courage to share his or her name with the public. What hypocrisy! The fact is that Gov. Martin O'Malley instructed the Maryland State Police to break the law by sharing our private information with other agencies.
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