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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | December 7, 1993
A group of 16 local civic and political leaders gathered in the county office building yesterday, pledging support for a campaign to make Maryland the leader in handgun control.Although other organizations have gotten behind the effort sponsored by Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse, Howard County is the first geographical region in which a group has been formed to support the gun control effort, said Vincent DeMarco, executive director of the handgun lobby. The group is receiving unofficial support from the County Council.
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By Dan Rodricks | October 27, 2000
BILL STRUEVER is Baltimore's big idea man when it comes to reusing old buildings, so I wouldn't presume to tell him what to do with Fort Carroll, now that he's taken a lease on the place and has ideas about buying it. But such dream-hatching is irresistible. Fort Carroll has been sitting out there, a long-abandoned, rat-infested, manmade island in the Patapsco River just south of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, waiting for a new life. Someone wanted to put a casino there once upon a time.
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NEWS
January 20, 1996
YEAR AFTER YEAR, handgun legislation in the General Assembly has run afoul of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and its conservative chairman, Walter Baker of Cecil County. But last week, Mr. Baker shocked gun-control supporters and dumbfounded the gun lobby by embracing major elements of the governor's reform legislation. Prospects for meaningful changes in current handgun laws have brightened considerably.As it now stands, criminals have no trouble obtaining all the handguns they want through legal means.
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By Dan Rodricks | March 3, 2000
NOTED FOR its sad irony: Two days after Carroll County Republicans staged a pep rally for handgun ownership -- and raffled a 9 mm Beretta -- a Carroll teen-ager died from an accidental bullet to the head. The young woman's parents were away on a weeklong Christian mission to Central America when the shooting occurred in their house near Finksburg. They received word of their daughter's death while in transit from Costa Rica. She was only 18. What an unspeakable horror for a family. According to police, two of the young woman's friends, one 20 and one 19, were near the kitchen table when the shooting occurred about 2:45 Monday morning.
NEWS
February 28, 1994
This General Assembly session's first showdown on handgun-control begins tomorrow in a House committee, which is hearing arguments on a slew of gun bills even as advocacy groups and the governor's office continue negotiations on finding common ground.Handgun-control organizations believe that two Democratic delegates hold the key in the House Judiciary Committee -- Del. Mary Louise Preis of Harford County and Del. Gerry Brewster of Baltimore County. In both cases, the delegates come from districts that strongly endorsed handgun control in the 1988 referendum.
NEWS
January 27, 1994
It is no secret in Annapolis that the biggest impediments to handgun control are Cecil County Sen. Walter Baker and his Judicial Proceedings Committee. Already this session, Mr. Baker has sworn to kill any and all handgun legislation that comes before his committee. "Banning guns has nothing to do with crime," he said. Mr. Baker's Senate colleagues, though, have other ideas.Their concern is that opposing handgun controls in an election year could be political dynamite, especially for incumbents running in urban or close-in suburban communities where crime is a dominant campaign issue.
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By Boston Globe | December 5, 1991
A tough handgun control law passed in Washington, D.C., in 1976 "substantially and abruptly" reduced both homicides and suicides, a new University of Maryland study shows, providing further compelling evidence that gun control saves lives.After Washington adopted the law -- which banned the purchase, sale, transfer or possession of handguns by civilians -- the homicide-by-firearm rate fell 25 percent and the suicide-by-firearm rate by 23 percent. The study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine compared homicides and suicides committed from 1968 to 1976 with those from 1976 through 1987, the last year for which statistics were available.
NEWS
January 29, 1993
* Pete Manchikes,Pete Manchikes, host during the 1950s and '60s of the national radio program "Music 'til Dawn," died Tuesday at age 70 in Erlanger, Ky. He was one of several hosts for the all-night music show sponsored by American Airlines and broadcast by WLW in Cincinnati.* Lucia M. Cormier,Lucia M. Cormier, 83, a former Maine state legislator who in 1960 lost to Sen. Margaret Chase Smith in the nation's first U.S. Senate race between two women, died Tuesday in Daytona Beach, Fla. As the first woman to be a floor leader in the Maine House of Representatives, she played a key role in the Democratic Party's resurgence in Maine in the 1950s.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,Staff Writer | January 11, 1994
Politicians who vote against gun control this election year face more chance for political retaliation than those who support it, reversing long-held convention, the leader of Maryland's gun-control forces declared yesterday.Carrying the campaign for supporting handgun control to Baltimore County, Vincent DeMarco, director of Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse (MAHA), said a majority of the public and "very close to a majority" in the state Senate and House of Delegates favor measures to stem the proliferation of handguns and their concomitant violence.
NEWS
December 1, 1993
Jim and Sarah Brady and their colleagues at Handgun Control Inc. held a celebratory post-signing party after President Clinton put his signature on what is now the "Brady Law." Some critics say it doesn't go far enough and won't do much good. Its supporters admit it is a very modest effort. Even Sarah Brady says more far-reaching gun control laws are needed to prevent violence. But two thoughts needed to be added to that:(1) A nationwide Brady Law requiring a waiting period and police background check before buying a handgun will reduce violence.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | February 19, 1997
The executives of Maryland's two most populous counties said yesterday that they will propose local laws requiring gun dealers to include a childproof trigger lock with every handgun they sell.With national gun control advocate Sarah Brady by their side, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry said at a news conference that children must be protected from shooting themselves or others with guns they find at home."Surely if we are going to require child safety seats in cars, we should require child safety locks on handguns.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | September 20, 1996
DUNBLANE, Scotland -- Duncan McLennan recalls his final goodbye with Abigail as she sped around the corner of the house like the Road Runner. Willie Turner holds on to a last image of Megan throwing a snowball at his truck.The two fathers recount March 13, the day their 5-year-old children were gunned down at school along with 14 other students and their teacher, the day that Dunblane was $l transformed from a place few had heard of into a town known around the world.The men now speak publicly about the shootings.
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January 20, 1996
YEAR AFTER YEAR, handgun legislation in the General Assembly has run afoul of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and its conservative chairman, Walter Baker of Cecil County. But last week, Mr. Baker shocked gun-control supporters and dumbfounded the gun lobby by embracing major elements of the governor's reform legislation. Prospects for meaningful changes in current handgun laws have brightened considerably.As it now stands, criminals have no trouble obtaining all the handguns they want through legal means.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF | January 18, 1996
In a surprise turnaround that boosts the prospects for Gov. Parris N. Glendening's gun control proposal, the legislature's most powerful gun rights advocate said yesterday he supports limiting handgun sales in Maryland.Sen. Walter M. Baker, who chairs a key Senate committee that routinely kills gun control bills, said he could support limiting commercial handgun sales to one or two per person a month as well as restrictions on private sales."I have no problem with that," the conservative Eastern Shore Democrat said of limiting handgun sales, a proposal designed to reduce the flow of illegal firearms to criminals.
NEWS
May 23, 1995
Right to bear arms is sacrosanctI offer some comments on the article "NRA under new fire for rhetoric on assault weapons" (May 7).The article quotes Denis A. Hennigan, general counsel for Handgun Control Inc. ". . . To (Justice) Burger and us, the fraud is the NRA's assertion that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to be armed apart from service in a well-regulated state militia."Perhaps Mr. Hennigan would be better informed on the origins of the Second Amendment if he would read the scholarly work of Joyce L. Malcolm, a professor of history at Bentley College, particularly "To Keep and Bear Arms, The Origins of an Anglo-American Right" (Harvard University Press, 1994)
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | April 28, 1995
WASHINGTON -- At the time President Clinton is proposing new anti-terrorism legislation after the violence that rocked Oklahoma City, there's a special irony in the Supreme Court's 5-4 vote throwing out the federal law banning guns in the nation's schoolyards.The decision, based on the majority's view that federal legislators unconstitutionally invaded a realm of local responsibility, has potential ramifications far beyond the case of a Texas schoolboy convicted for bringing a concealed pistol to school.
NEWS
February 16, 1994
Is Maryland's Senate president playing a slick game of hide-and-seek with handgun control supporters? Is he forming a subtle alliance with an anti-gun control senator so that all handgun measures will die in committee this session?That's the way it looks, judging from the actions of President Thomas V. Mike Miller of Prince George's County. After mouthing favorable words about bringing a gun-control measure to a vote on the Senate floor, Mr. Miller has reversed course: He's lining up with Sen. Walter Baker, the powerful committee chairman who has vowed to kill every gun-restriction bill that comes before him.Mr.
NEWS
February 27, 1994
With the halfway point of this year's General Assembly session behind us, there's not much encouraging news. Lawmakers seem stuck on issues of sports: Is the cost too high for Maryland to open its arms and welcome Jack Kent Cooke's Redskins to Laurel? Can electioneering legislators kill plans for a Baltimore football stadium and divvy up the cash for pet projects?These are the questions that dominate State House discussion. Yet lawmakers are supposed to be dealing with such knotty social issues as handgun control, health-care reforms, scholarship reforms, procurement reforms, welfare reforms and a needle-exchange program for the city.
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By New York Times News Service | March 12, 1995
Three surveys show that a year after the Brady law was passed a significant number of criminals has been stopped from buying handguns by the required background checks.The surveys found that up to 45,000 convicted felons, or 2 percent to 3.5 percent of all applicants for handguns, were turned down after the reviews.The studies were conducted by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, CBS News and the International Association of Chiefs of Police in conjunction with Handgun Control Inc. Handgun Control is headed by Sarah Brady, the wife of James Brady, the former White House press secretary who was wounded in the assassination attempt in 1981 against President Ronald Reagan and for whom the Brady law is named.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,Sun Staff Writer | March 5, 1994
The toughest parts of a legislative package backed by the governor and the state's main gun control lobby appear headed for defeat in the General Assembly in the face of stiff opposition from gun enthusiasts.Officials from the governor's office and Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse (MAHA) said yesterday that proposals to license handgun buyers, regulate private sales and restrict commercial sales to one handgun per person per month will probably fail in the legislature."At the present, it doesn't look like we'll be able to pass our licensing scheme this session," said Vincent DeMarco, executive director of MAHA.
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