BALTIMORE (AP) — With a federal court hearing looming, a supporter of Maryland’s 2013 gun-control law says there are early indications it’s helping to reduce fatal shootings.

The Daily Record reported in its Monday edition that overall gun deaths in Maryland fell 24 percent in the first five months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013. The statistics come from Maryland State Police and the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

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Vincent DeMarco of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence doesn’t say the law was entirely responsible for the decrease but he says experience shows that gun control works.

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Gun-control opponents say gun-related murders have been declining nationally, independent of Maryland’s gun law.

A hearing on whether to dismiss challenges to the law is scheduled Tuesday in Baltimore.

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