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By Daniel Webster | December 30, 2007
Homicides increased in Baltimore and in many other parts of the state during 2007. Appropriately, Baltimore officials have made getting illegal guns off the streets a priority, and the city Police Department's Gun Task Force has been recovering guns from criminals and investigating people suspected of supplying guns to criminals. But these new efforts to hold gun traffickers accountable for supplying criminals with guns are being hampered by legal loopholes. These loopholes could be fixed easily with little cost to law-abiding gun owners.
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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 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.
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
December 21, 2012
Much like most of the nation, I have been following and thinking about the horrific, monstrous slaughter of 27 people who did nothing to deserve their fate, during what is inarguably the season where peace should prevail. I have also been following the responses to this atrocity, be they from friends, residents,lawenforcement, media, and politicians at all levels. Several things have struck me as poignant, some heart-rending, and some infuriating. Twenty children, six educators, and a mother were slain in the most heinous way imaginable, at the hands of someone who appeared to be deeply disturbed.
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.
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 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.
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