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January 11, 2013
Whether it's the indelible horror of the massacre at Newtown, Conn., or the tone-deaf response of the National Rifle Association and its allies who have shown themselves so hysterical and paranoid on the subject of gun rights, the public's hunger for action on gun violence shows little sign of weakening. Exactly what the task force led by Vice President Joe Biden will recommend shortly in terms of policy and legislation remains to be seen. But Mr. Biden did tip his hand Thursday about one idea whose time has come - universal background checks for gun purchases.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 28, 2014
The 54th annual Bel Air Gun Show will return to the Bel Air Reckord Armory Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. The show will once again feature displays, sales and trades of antique and contemporary firearms, knives, coins, books and other hunting and outdoor accessories. Food will be available for purchase. Hours for the show are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students under 16. All proceeds from the show benefit conservation and education activities of the Harford County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, the show's sponsor.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Staff Writer | March 31, 1993
The General Assembly moved to tighten the state's gun laws yesterday as both houses voted to curtail the unregulated sale of weapons at gun shows.The legislation -- a victory for Gov. William Donald Schaefer over the gun lobby -- would enable state police to register more handguns and assault weapons and to check on more people who buy them.The measure is virtually certain to be signed into law.Maryland's effort comes on the heels of another, larger win for gun-control advocates -- the enactment in Virginia of a law that prevents people from buying more than one gun a month.
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Dan Rodricks | August 28, 2013
For Jim Johnson, the police chief of Baltimore County, the month of August started in Pittsburgh, with an award from a national law enforcement organization for his "steadfast leadership and commitment to working to keep this nation free of gun violence. " It ends with the fatal shooting of one of his finest officers, Jason Schneider, in Catonsville. Wednesday morning, Johnson fought back tears to talk about Schneider at a news conference. In the afternoon, when I spoke to him, the chief called Schneider "a hero who served Baltimore County and the state of Maryland in a very noble way. " "In the great human experience," Johnson said, "his role was to be a police officer - and he was one of the best we ever had. We have lost a great human being.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2001
A U.S. District Court judge struck down yesterday a hotly debated Montgomery County ordinance aimed at banning gun shows at the county's privately owned fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. Judge Marvin J. Garbis ruled that the county overstepped its authority when it enacted a measure in May that cut off funds to any private group that permits the display or sale of firearms. The law essentially forced the Montgomery County Agricultural Center Inc., which owns the fairgrounds, to stop renting space for gun shows each year.
NEWS
April 23, 2009
Roughly 10 years after Columbine and two years after the Virginia Tech massacre, the families of shooting victims were back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday pleading for Congress to close the gun show loophole. All they seek is for all gun purchasers to be required to pass background checks that help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and the mentally ill. Is that really so much to ask? Too many states continue to allow individuals without a dealer's license to sell firearms at gun shows and thereby skirt the 16-year-old federal background check requirement.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Staff Writer | March 31, 1993
The Maryland General Assembly moved to tighten the state's gun laws yesterday as both houses voted to curtail the unregulated sale of weapons at gun shows.The legislation -- a victory for Gov. William Donald Schaefer over the gun lobby -- would enable state police to register more handguns and assault weapons and to check the backgrounds of more people who buy them.The measure is virtually certain to be signed into law.Maryland's effort comes on the heels of another, larger win for gun-control advocates -- the enactment of a Virginia law that prevents people from buying more than one gun a month.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 13, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Resisting the drive for tighter gun controls in the wake of the Colorado shootings, the Senate refused yesterday to require background checks for firearms purchasers at gun shows.Powered largely by its Republican majority, the Senate voted 51-47 to defeat a proposal to impose such mandatory background checks. The measure had the backing of the White House as well as of some gun industry groups, but it was opposed by the politically powerful National Rifle Association."I do not want to impinge on the rights of private citizens," said Sen. Larry E. Craig, an Idaho Republican who was the chief opponent of the measure.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF | May 17, 2001
ROCKVILLE - Montgomery County isn't known for gun shows, but the County Council moved yesterday to stop the few it has by narrowly approving a measure that has pitted gun owners against suburban mothers worried about gun violence. The council voted 5-4 to bar gun shows on public property and to cut off county funds to any private group that permits the display and sale of firearms. The aim of the heavily amended proposal, which provoked months of debate, is to shut down two gun shows held each year at the county's privately owned fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 15, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Retreating from their stance earlier this week, Senate Republicans squeaked out a one-vote victory yesterday for a proposal that requires background checks of buyers at gun shows.The proposal was approved, 48-47, after a shouting match and some last minute arm-twisting as the lawmakers struggled to gain partisan advantage in the wake of the Littleton school shootings.Wednesday, Senate Republicans had rejected a Democratic measure to impose mandatory background checks. Then, fearful of the political consequences, many demanded a chance to craft their own version of such a bill.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
Tomorrow, Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to sign into law the most comprehensive gun control legislation Maryland has seen in at least 25 years, a bill that will not only help guard against a mass shooting incident, like December's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but will also help fight the day-to-day violence that plagues Baltimore and other communities. The bill has become doubly important with the failure - at least for the moment - of attempts to tighten gun laws on the federal level, both because it will make Marylanders safer and because it can serve as a model for other states as they seek ways to address gun violence.
NEWS
April 26, 2013
Legislators are either stupid or lying or both about the universal background checks for gun purchases ("Tyranny of the minority," April 19). They want checks on Internet sales; but they are already done on Internet sales. If you buy a firearm over the Internet, it must be shipped to a Federal Firearms License holder. The licensee does the background check on the purchaser. The only exceptions are if the firearm is an antique, manufactured earlier than 1899, or if it is a black powder firearm.
NEWS
April 23, 2013
The result of the gun control votes in the U.S. Senate sickened me ("Defeat leaves gun control backers at a loss for strategy," April 19). It was so simple and would have made people throughout the country who have had their lives turned upside down by horrible acts of violence safer. I truly believe that the NRA has paid off many of our politicians and that this is something that should be investigated Vicki Dean, Columbia
NEWS
April 23, 2013
I am ashamed to find out that the U.S. Senate has voted to oppose minimal, common-sense gun control legislation ("Defeat leaves gun control backers at a loss for strategy," April 19). Thankfully, both of our Maryland senators supported these measures, while 46 senators, including 90 percent of Republicans, opposed requiring criminal background checks on sales at gun shows and online. Even more elected officials opposed banning assault weapons or large-scale ammunition magazines.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 22, 2013
"You know, I actually believe my own bull----. " That's what President Barack Obama once told a reporter. If the man ever uttered a statement that spoke more to his approach to politics, I haven't heard it. Whether it stems from a grandiose overconfidence in his own powers of persuasion, or the lessons he took from his years as a community organizer, or his own messianic conviction that he is on the right side of everything, including history itself,...
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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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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 14, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Facing a rebellion in their ranks, Senate Republicans reversed field yesterday and endorsed a drive to require background checks for all firearms purchases at gun shows.Their sudden change of heart came one day after Republicans helped reject a similar measure.Yesterday, several Republicans told their leaders that that vote created a potential political disaster.They warned of the perils of opposing a popular gun control measure so soon after the Colorado school massacre, which focused attention on the availability of guns.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 18, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Gun rights advocates scored a smashing House victory early today in their drive to prevent Congress from adopting new restrictions on gun ownership as its primary response to the recent rash of school shootings.In a sharp rebuke to President Clinton, a bipartisan majority of 218-211 voted to weaken controls on firearms sales at gun shows that were approved by the Senate in the wake of the student massacre in Littleton, Colo.The weakening proposal, which had the blessing of the National Rifle Association, drew the support of 173 Republicans and 45 Democrats, while 47 Republicans and 163 Democrats and the one independent voted against it."
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By Bill Press | April 12, 2013
They started out with a lot in common -- Joe Manchin and Patrick Toomey. Sure, one's a Democrat and one's a Republican, but they're both conservatives, both longtime gun owners and both sport an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association. But now the two senators share a bigger honor. In the long-lost, problem-solving spirit of the U.S. Senate, the Democrat from West Virginia and the Republican from Pennsylvania have come together to forge a compromise on background checks that promises to break the logjam against any reasonable gun safety legislation.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
How could it be that even a single U.S. senator - no matter how opposed to gun control - could vote to hold up consideration of a proposal to require background checks for gun purchases? This is an idea not only embraced by something in the order of 91 percent of the American public but 85 percent of National Rifle Association members. Yet, there it was. Thirty-one senators voted against allowing the Senate to debate the background check proposal this morning. That was a victory, of sorts, as some senators had threatened to filibuster the procedural vote.
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