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NEWS
March 6, 1991
Two administration-backed gun control measures passed their first major hurdle in the General Assembly last week when the House Judiciary Committee approved them for a vote by the full House of Delegates. One bill would ban 38 types of military assault-style weapons from being sold in Maryland; the other would require gun owners to keep their firearms under lock and key to secure them from minor children.Support for both measures is strong in the House, despite the arguments of gun owners' groups that assault weapons so far have constituted a relatively small fraction of the guns used in crimes.
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NEWS
June 8, 2013
The latest protest from some of Maryland's counties refusing to honor the new gun law is very revealing ("Sheriff won't enforce gun law," June 6). There was a day when we shot rabbits, squirrels and deer because they were in the actual food chain. They were the meal on the table. Not so today. Expert opinions have shown that even professional gun handler, have emotional problems when they have to draw their weapons in a crisis. So the claim for self-defense is at best, a daydream.
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By Chris Mondics | November 5, 2000
WASHINGTON -- When hundreds of thousands of women rallied in May in Washington demanding tougher gun laws as part of the Million Mom March, many Democrats took it as an article of faith that growing national concern over gun violence would boost Al Gore in the race for the White House. After all, Gore had made tough new gun laws, including licensing new handgun owners, a central theme of his winning primary campaign against Bill Bradley, while George W. Bush had worked to relax gun laws in Texas.
NEWS
By Lori K. Brown | September 19, 2012
If you have been reading the Sun lately, you might think that September is National School Safety Month. "Reviewing safety plans in schools" was a recent front page headline, and a half-dozen similarly titled articles have filled the paper recently. Has there been an outbreak of running with scissors? Have students been forgetting safety goggles in wood shop? Is there an outbreak of bad crosswalk etiquette? Sadly, these stories aren't really about school safety, but instead address the troublingly difficult effort to keep guns out of the area's public schools in the aftermath of the two most recent school gun incidents.
NEWS
By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Evening Sun Staff | January 21, 1991
After three years of relative peace, both sides of the Maryland gun-control issue are arming themselves for another showdown in Annapolis.Neither camp has had much success since 1988, when the state became one of the first to enact a ban on small handguns. Since then there have been a slew of proposals to do everything from outlawing AK-47s to adding the right to bear arms to the Maryland Constitution.Most of the initiatives have died in committee or lost out to other, more pressing issues.
NEWS
By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Staff Writer | March 18, 1993
Gov. William Donald Schaefer tried to make a point by aiming an assault pistol at a reporter. He ended up, figuratively speaking, shooting himself in the foot.Angered by the governor's casual pointing of an unloaded MAC-11 at an Associated Press reporter on Monday, a Maryland gun dealers group yesterday reversed its stand and decided to oppose one of Mr. Schaefer's gun control measures."This definitely changed the dealers' position. We can no longer support it," said Sanford M. Abrams, vice president of the Maryland Licensed Firearms Association, a 100-member group that initially backed an administration measure designed to curb the illegal sale of regulated firearms at gun shows.
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | September 24, 1991
A Mr. Larry Pratt writes to the editor of this newspaper with a gun at my head.Figuratively speaking, of course.Mr. Pratt asserts that he and I disagree over the killing of Charles "Eddie" Scheuerman, the Belair Road gun shop owner who was shot to death while surrounded by weapons of his own which he could not reach.Mr. Pratt declares himself sensitive and saddened by the shooting. For public consumption, he declares me full of delight over it.On this, he is revoltingly wrong and knows it.Mr.
NEWS
By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Washington Bureau of The Sun | May 13, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Vowing to protect the rights of gun owners, Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett has launched a full-scale attack on state and local gun-control laws with a little-noticed piece of legislation.The measure would enshrine in federal law the right of Americans to use firearms to defend their families and homes.Such a law would give gun owners a new, potentially powerful legal tool when they challenge state or local laws that violate that right "in any manner."Mr. Bartlett, a Republican from Frederick, said he fears that the rights of gun owners are being destroyed by a flood of local gun-control laws that he asserts have failed to slow crime.
NEWS
By WILEY A. HALL | February 10, 1994
The television commercial depicts a plainclothes investigator with the Motor Vehicle Administration -- a secret agent, if you will -- sneaking up to a parked car in order to remove its tags. "Don't let this happen to you!" intones an announcer in a doomsday voice. The commercial is for an area automobile insurance company, warning us of what can happen to motorists who drive uninsured."You guys don't really do stuff like that, do you?" I ask a spokesman for the state Motor Vehicle Administration.
NEWS
By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | February 28, 2003
Making her second impassioned plea for tougher gun control laws, the mother of one of last fall's sniper victims appeared before a Senate committee yesterday and described the pain of losing her son to gun violence. Sonia Wills, the mother of slain Montgomery County bus driver Conrad Johnson, urged the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to support three measures that would require reporting of lost or stolen handguns, expand ballistic fingerprinting to include all firearms and ban all assault-style weapons such as the one allegedly used by the snipers to kill her son. "I am in Annapolis again today because I am still outraged," Wills said.
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