Maryland residents have been buying guns in record numbers before a law takes effect Tuesday, with provisions aimed at helping keep guns away from criminals and the mentally ill, strengthening safety training and banning 45 types of assault weapons.
Maryland State Police are in overdrive trying to keep up with tens of thousands of firearm applications in advance of the new gun control laws that take effect next week.
A legislative committee votes to adopt regulations to implement the state’s new gun laws.
The gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis, had a history of violent outbursts, was at least twice accused of firing guns in anger and was in the early stages of treatment for serious mental problems, according to court records and U.S. law enforcement officials.
On Oct. 1, Maryland’s new gun registration law goes into effect. Those in support of the new law will roll out a radio ad Tuesday praising the law as a life saver.
Marylanders in a rush to get guns before the new state restrictions take effect are clogging the system. Now the governor’s solution to moving thousands of applications through the background checks is causing controversy.
This fall, Maryland will have some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. But some lawmakers and clergy members say more protections are still needed. Several groups are driving that message cross-country.
In Baltimore City, the frustration over the recent gun violence continues to grow after two shootings, including one in Fells Point. City leaders are now working to control a dangerous mix of gangs and guns.
Maryland’s attorney general is weighing whether to ask the state’s highest court to reconsider a ruling that overturned a mandatory minimum sentence of a defendant with a prior felony drug conviction for carrying a handgun.
A new report finds that Maryland is among the top five states with the greatest number of guns federally licensed gun dealers reported lost or stolen last year.
An ad praising Maryland’s recently signed gun control measure will soon hit the airwaves.
Governor O’Malley signs new gun control legislation into law this week, but the fight over firearms is not over yet. Now, gun control groups push to get the issue before voters.