Gun Control Bill Passes in Maryland State Senate
As reported by The Washington Post, and published March 1st, 2013, a version of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s gun control bill passed in the Maryland Senate on Thursday, February 28th. The bill, in its final form, had over 40 amendments. In essence, the bill would ban assault rifles, limit the size of magazines, and require licenses for handgun purchases.
A rally in support of the Governor’s bill was held outside the State House, but the rally also attracted those who wanted to voice their opposition. One sign in support of the bill read simply “Newtown,” evoking memories of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Another read “End the Violence,” and still another read “Common Sense.”
Approximately 950 people signed up to testify in regard to the bill. Many who had their own personal stories spoke on behalf of relatives or friends who became victims of gun violence. Most felt if there had been stricter gun laws on the books, their relatives or friends might still be alive. Governor O’Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown spoke at the rally. Their sentiments were on the side of turning tears of grief into action. According to Brown, 85 percent of Maryland residents support the licensing of handguns.
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