ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland Senate has passed a bill that would require background checks for all rifle and shotgun sales, including private sales and transfers.
The Senate voted 30-14 Monday in favor of SB208, which supporters have said will reduce gun violence.READ MORE: Road Closures & Parking Restrictions To Expect For The Preakness Stakes
Opponents, meanwhile, said there is a lack of evidence showing any crimes have been committed with guns purchased through private sales.READ MORE: With Near-Record Heat On Tap For The Preakness, Be Sure To Stay Cool
In a statement Monday night, Maryland Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America called the vote a “milestone.”
“After the disappointment of last session, we refuse to stand by and watch our elected officials let Maryland communities down again,” volunteer Danielle Veith said. “As this bill moves forward, we hope lawmakers will have the courage to stand up for what’s right and fight for the strongest bill possible.”MORE NEWS: Employee Shot At Owings Mills Pizza Shop
Similar legislation in the House of Delegates passed last month 87-47.