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January 17, 2014
The Sun should understand that any law that restricts people's right to own a gun is illegal ("Panicking over Md.'s gun law," Jan. 13). Our Second Amendment provisions exist outside regulation, local laws or public opinion regardless of whether you are for it or against it. It is simply the absolute law of the land that supersedes all laws that contradict it. It is illegal to create any law that contradicts our Bill of Rights. I cannot fathom why there are even discussions on the subject.
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NEWS
January 17, 2014
The Sun should understand that any law that restricts people's right to own a gun is illegal ("Panicking over Md.'s gun law," Jan. 13). Our Second Amendment provisions exist outside regulation, local laws or public opinion regardless of whether you are for it or against it. It is simply the absolute law of the land that supersedes all laws that contradict it. It is illegal to create any law that contradicts our Bill of Rights. I cannot fathom why there are even discussions on the subject.
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NEWS
By Rashee Raj Kumar, Capital News Service | February 7, 2013
ANNAPOLIS - Hundreds of gun rights advocates rallied outside the State House on Wednesday in opposition to new gun control measures proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley. As O'Malley testified in favor of new gun restrictions before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, protesters outside said his plan to ban assault weapons, limit magazine sizes and strengthen licensing measures would erode their rights. Harry H. Fahl, a photographer from Essex, warmed up the crowd in the morning by leading a group recitation of the Second Amendment, which quickly turned into a chant.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
More than 200 guns were sold to people legally barred from owning them as a surge in firearms sales last year overwhelmed Maryland's background check system, according to state police. One gun was sold to a man later accused of using it in a carjacking in Prince George's County, police acknowledged in response to queries from The Baltimore Sun. The sales occurred last year as part of a flurry before Maryland's tough new gun law - enacted following the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
In the days before police say he was fatally shot by his roommate Dayvon Green outside their College Park home, University of Maryland senior Stephen Rane had expressed concerns about Green having a mental illness and owning guns, according to a close friend. "I know that he did feel uncomfortable in the house," said Drew Needham, a senior who lived with Rane for two years before Rane decided to move off campus into the 36th Avenue home with at least four others, including Green, a 23-year-old graduate engineering student.
SPORTS
By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 3, 1998
NAGANO, Japan -- Would the biathlon competitors please check their weapons at the door?That about sums up the plight of the world's greatest cross country skiers and target shooters at the Winter Olympics. They have come to a land of tight gun control laws, and they have been temporarily disarmed.Their .22-caliber rifles are headed for a double lockup. Their ammunition has been cataloged right down to the last bullet.And if they want to practice -- or compete -- they've got to undergo an eye scan to retrieve their guns.
SPORTS
By CHILDS WALKER and CHILDS WALKER,SUN REPORTER | August 17, 2006
When former Maryland basketball player Lonny Baxter was arrested near the White House and charged with carrying an unlicensed handgun yesterday morning, the incident was news locally but didn't get much play nationally. Baxter isn't a high-profile player. That's part of it. But there's also the fact that his arrest was only the latest in a numbing string of incidents involving athletes and guns. Just a week ago in Ohio, police say they found four loaded guns in Maurice Clarett's truck after a high-speed chase that ended when they pepper-sprayed the former Ohio State football star.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 31, 2013
Jonylah Watkins died on a Tuesday. She was with her father, who was sitting in a minivan in Chicago on the night of March 11 when someone opened fire. Doctors worked 17 hours trying to repair what a bullet had done to her body, but to no avail. She died the next morning. Her funeral was about two weeks ago. She was 6 months old. Antonio Santiago was 7 months older when his mother put him in a stroller and took him for a walk in their Brunswick, Ga., neighborhood. Sherry West says they were accosted by two teenagers demanding money.
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By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 9, 1996
BEIJING -- When Yao Rulai goes out on business, he dons his thick gold bracelet, pockets a pack of imported cigarettes and clips on his mobile phone. And whenever he fears that his business dealings might bring him in contact with the wrong sort of people, he buckles on his latest accessory: a snub-nosed handgun.Although owning a gun is all but banned in China, Mr. Yao has joined the millions of Chinese who have been ignoring the law and buying firearms. Some, like Mr. Yao, are otherwise law-abiding citizens who own guns for self-protection, but most guns are sold to criminals, helping to fuel a dramatic increase in armed robberies and shootings.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
More than 200 guns were sold to people legally barred from owning them as a surge in firearms sales last year overwhelmed Maryland's background check system, according to state police. One gun was sold to a man later accused of using it in a carjacking in Prince George's County, police acknowledged in response to queries from The Baltimore Sun. The sales occurred last year as part of a flurry before Maryland's tough new gun law - enacted following the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
NEWS
December 18, 2013
I read your recent editorial on gun violence and wondered why cities like Chicago and Washington were not mentioned ( "Reducing gun deaths," Dec. 10). These locales historically have had draconian gun laws, yet also high levels of gun violence. If the logic in the article was valid, these locations should be the safest in the country, but they are not. The last section discussing the mental health restriction on gun ownership suggests it could prevent a tragedy like the one at Sandy Hook.
NEWS
December 10, 2013
As The Sun's Michael Dresser reported Monday Morning , Maryland ranks 4th in the latest scorecard released by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Maryland was one of several states that enacted more restrictive gun laws in the wake of the Newtown school shooting last December, cheered on by the editorial page of many a newspaper including this one .  Many supporters of gun rights are claiming ridiculous things, such as Vinnie DeMarco's outrageous claim in Dresser's piece that "We're going to save a lot of lives with this new law. " Nothing of course could be further from the truth.
NEWS
June 10, 2013
When government is given a job to do in seven days and it takes 10 weeks instead, anger and frustration is likely to be heard. Such is the case with the background checks for gun purchases. The Maryland State Police has a backlog, and gun dealers and purchasers alike aren't happy about waiting 10 times longer than intended. But let's also keep the problem in perspective. This clearly isn't an effort to deliberately inconvenience gun purchasers. State police are simply swamped with applications - the equivalent of four years of applications were received in the last four months.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
When Scott Schulte stopped at Pasadena Pawn and Gun last week to pick up his fifth firearm of the year, the Maryland State Police still hadn't finished his background check. The store let him take the pistol anyway. "I figure I can use my discretion," owner Frank Loane Sr. told Schulte. "I know you. " An unprecedented surge of applications to purchase guns has overwhelmed Maryland's system for checking out the buyers. Dealers are required to wait seven days before releasing a firearm — which in the past has been enough time for the state police to complete the background check.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
Maryland's new gun control law will not head to voters now that organizers of a petition drive to halt the law failed to turn in any signatures before Friday night's deadline. "This means there were no successful petitions this year," Stephen Ackerman from the Secretary of State's Office said in an email. A referendum would have delayed the gun law until after the November 2014 election, and the petition drive's failure was welcomed by gun control groups. "This is a great day for Maryland," said Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
Maryland's new gun control law will not head to voters now that organizers of a petition drive to halt the law failed to turn in any signatures before Friday night's deadline. "This means there were no successful petitions this year," Stephen Ackerman from the Secretary of State's Office said in an email. A referendum would have delayed the gun law until after the November 2014, and the petition drive's failure was welcomed by gun control groups. "This is a great day for Maryland," said Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence.
NEWS
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
May 17, 2013
Now comes the Baltimore Sun editorial staff that just recently blasted the Second Amendment rights to gun ownership ("Ban assault weapons," March 22) raising the roof that the press' First Amendment Rights have been trumped on because of the gathering of AP phone records by the Obama administration's attorney general ("An assault on press freedom," May 15). Either the Sun editorial staff thinks their readers are too stupid to know the hypocrisy of their positions on these two issues, or they actually believe supporting the Constitution is a menu of pick and choose.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
The new gun bill will be the first of hundreds Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to sign at a ceremony Thursday. Key provisions of the 62-page law include:   A ban on the sale of 45 types of assault weapons and their copycats.   A ban on sales of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.   A fingerprinting and licensing requirement for handgun buyers.   A 4-hour training requirement for first-time handgun buyers.   A ban on gun ownership for anyone involuntarily committed to a mental heath facility, as well as those voluntarily committed for more than 30 days.
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