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February 11, 1992
Of 463 SUNDIAL callers who responded to a question about proposed legislation that would require guns at home to be kept under lock, 183 (39.5 percent) said the bill would accomplish its goal of preventing shooting accidents; 108 (23.3 percent) said stronger measures should be taken; and 172 (37.1 percent) said no bill is needed."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.
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By Anthony G. Brown | October 2, 2014
Editor's note: The Sun also plans to run an op-ed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in the coming weeks.  This week, we marked the one-year anniversary of a lifesaving law taking effect, the Firearm Safety Act. But, Marylanders still stand at a crossroads between two very different futures for our state. In 2013, in response to the tragic Newtown school shooting and the all too common acts of gun violence on our own streets, we took real action to protect our communities by passing some of the toughest gun safety laws in the nation.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2012
The shotgun that Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. allegedly used in last week's shooting at Perry Hall High School wasn't registered with the state. Under Maryland law, that wasn't required. Police also say the 15-year-old Gladden should never have been able to get his hands on the weapon. He found it unsecured in his father's home, according to court documents. The shooting has shed light on the gap between the regulation of handguns - often used in crimes - and "long guns" such as the double-barrel Western Field shotgun that police seized, a firearm more common on a hunting range or farm.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
Wednesday marks the anniversary of Maryland's tough new gun control law going into effect, and advocates are marking the occasion with a rally in Columbia. The law is getting some recognition in the governor's race, too, with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democrat, hammering at his opponent, Republican Larry Hogan, for opposing the state's assault weapons ban, the ban on sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines and "common sense background checks. " The claims are true in that Mr. Hogan opposed Senate Bill 281 of 2013, the gun control legislation Gov. Martin O'Malley pushed through (with some assistance from Mr. Brown)
NEWS
August 9, 1991
Stepping in where state legislators have feared to tread two-years running, a Montgomery County councilman is proposing a local bill aimed at keeping firearms away from children. The bill is a virtual clone of a little-publicized law Baltimore's City Council passed in May. Iowa, Connecticut and Virginia also have enacted comparable measures -- all deriving from a 1989 Florida law.It's encouraging to see local lawmakers in the state's two largest political jurisdictions tackling gun-control measures.
EXPLORE
January 24, 2013
I don't think I've ever been so proud of an American president as I was watching President Obama speak so movingly about the victims of recent gun violence and the executive actions he was going to take to curb the country's epidemic of gun violence. What tremendous courage — guts, really — to stand up against the NRA and call for sensible, responsible gun control measures to keep kids and others in our society safer and more secure. Hopefully, Governor O'Malley and the Maryland legislature will heed the president's call.
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By Carmen Amedori | March 27, 2001
TO SAY THE Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving citizens the right to bear arms is responsible for school violence is like blaming Thomas Edison for the lights going out in California. Sadly, there are daily commentaries that point fingers at guns and law-abiding, responsible gun owners as the cause of what has occurred recently in our nation's classrooms and schoolyards. Erroneous news coverage magnifies a number of widely spread, misdirected conclusions drawn from these incidents.
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By Anthony G. Brown | October 2, 2014
Editor's note: The Sun also plans to run an op-ed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in the coming weeks.  This week, we marked the one-year anniversary of a lifesaving law taking effect, the Firearm Safety Act. But, Marylanders still stand at a crossroads between two very different futures for our state. In 2013, in response to the tragic Newtown school shooting and the all too common acts of gun violence on our own streets, we took real action to protect our communities by passing some of the toughest gun safety laws in the nation.
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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 20, 2000
THIS YEAR'S GUN legislation might be history, but the subject is still much on the minds of Northwest Carroll youths. As part of a contest organized by the town of New Windsor, more than 80 New Windsor Middle School pupils drew posters or developed slogans advocating gun safety. The four winners met with the governor for a presentation yesterday at the State House. Seventh-grader Cecelia Condon took first place with her slogan, "Lock the Gun's Trigger So Kids Can Grow Bigger." Sixth-grader Kristen Remmers won first place for art with her poster, a drawing of a gun with a padlock on it and the words, "Get Your Guns Locked Up Before They Get You Locked Up."
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By MIKE BURNS | January 28, 2001
AMID all the excitement that Carroll's gun safety curriculum could serve as a statewide education model, let's not forget an important fact. There's no track record for the K- 9 lessons and not much useful feedback. The series of lesson plans was developed over six months last year by a panel of teachers, parents, police and other citizens on a sort of deadline. Their work got done in August, just a couple of weeks before this school year started. How effective educators have been in weaving it into the health and safety education programs has yet to be established.
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Dan Rodricks | August 26, 2014
Through stunning advances in technology, guns are becoming more accurate and deadlier. They are also becoming safer. Crazy as it might seem, gun-rights activists are excited about the former, but opposed to the latter. The gun-obsessed might admire computerized, laser-based rifle scopes that turn amateurs into master snipers at 1,200 yards, but offer them "smart gun" technology that limits a firearm's use to its rightful owner and they get surly. Apparently, gun lovers think such a safety feature might become mandatory and, as we all know, anything mandatory constitutes a threat to their absolute Second Amendment rights to bear whatever guns they wish, public safety be damned.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
This week, Michael R. Bloomberg announced he would be writing a check to support a grass-roots get-out-the-vote effort to counteract the National Rifle Association. This is hardly a shock as Mr. Bloomberg has supported the fight against gun violence before, but the amount involved was eye-opening — $50 million. This invites two initial realizations. First, that one of the nation's richest men can casually write a check the size of a lotto jackpot as others might pluck a few cans for the neighborhood food drive, and second, that we live in an age of dueling oligarchs (take that, Koch brothers)
NEWS
December 18, 2013
It has been just over a year since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school where 20 young children were murdered in seconds by a disturbed person with a grotesque weapon. There have been over a hundred children killed with guns and a number of mass shootings in this country since that date. There is a question I would pose to my own elected officials and others around the country: What have you done to prevent this from happening again? I am sure there are many who would answer by saying that we need more guns in society to protect us from gun violence.
NEWS
December 14, 2013
I support the concept of gun control within the bounds of the Second Amendment. However, your recent editorial on the subject has several flaws ( "Reducing gun deaths," Dec. 10). First, you argue that the states with the most restrictive laws will have the fewest gun deaths and gun-related crimes. But neither you or anyone else has provided any evidence that this is true. Second, talking about mass murders with assault type weapons should be discussed separately from crimes like armed robbery because they are clearly the results of very different motives.
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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.
NEWS
June 12, 2013
As a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I am shocked and confused over why Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently banned smoking within 25 feet of the company's coffee shops but continues to allow customers to carry loaded weapons inside. Unlike its competitors, Starbucks allows customers to bring loaded guns in stores in states that allow firearms to be carried openly. I do not want to unknowingly expose my children to loaded weapons when I purchase coffee. There have been several shootings at Starbucks around the country recently, and I want to prevent this from happening in my community.
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2000
Carroll County's experiment with teaching gun safety to public school students as part of the health program this year could become a model for others in Maryland. There has been little done statewide to teach children what to do if they find a gun or encounter one somewhere, said Ron Peiffer, Maryland's assistant superintendent for school and community outreach. In Carroll, a committee of school staff, working with crime victims and law-enforcement representatives, has devised a program for students from kindergarten to high school that deals with guns as a personal safety issue.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
The 8-year-old Anne Arundel County boy who was suspended for biting a pastry into the shape of a gun received standing ovation and a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association Wednesday night. At a fundraiser for Anne Arundel County Republicans, House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke presented Josh Welch with the membership, which cost $550, during a tongue-in-cheek presentation that involved a Pop-Tart fashioned into pistol and gun safety tips. Josh's March 1 suspension from Park Elementary School for chewing a pastry into the shape of a firearm captured national attention over how seriously students should be punished for such threats.
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By Bill Press | April 19, 2013
Let me begin this column with an apology. Once a week, I pick an important issue and offer my reasoned analysis, based on the facts, of what it all means and how we should react. But there are times when the intellect fails and the heart and gut take over. And this is one of them. In the spring of 1968, I walked into the McCarthy for President office in San Francisco and signed up as a volunteer. That was my first taste of politics, and I've been involved in politics ever since, both as practitioner and observer.
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