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Committee Wants Regulations To Implement New Md. Gun Laws

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — A legislative committee votes to adopt regulations to implement the state’s new gun laws.

Pat Warren has more.

The hearing on regulations rekindles the fire of protest against the Firearm Safety Act.

Licensing, fingerprinting, griping.

“It was against the wishes of the people. The people showed here in masses and still they refused to listen to us,” said Craig Lister.

Lister was one of the thousands of protesters against gun control this year and he was back Monday to re-register his complaint.

“It says they’re run amok. They’re not listening to us anymore,” Lister said.

No more than the two sides of the debate in the General Assembly have listened to each other.

“They didn’t know what they were doing. It’s obvious that this bill is going to be extremely difficult to implement,” said Senator Nancy Jacobs.

None of the supporters expect it to be easy, but that won’t stop the process.

“I’m not against guns. I personally want to reduce violence and have a process in place that makes sense,” said Senator Paul Pinsky.

Opponents of the law protesting on Lawyers’ Mall Monday morning say none of it makes sense to them.

“I can talk to five other firearms dealers and we’ll all have a different response to one particular regulation so if we can’t understand it, how is the common citizen going to understand it?” said firearms dealer Jeff Underwood.

The new law takes effect Oct. 1.

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