Gov. O'Malley testifies at hearing on gun control in Annapolis on Wednesday
Gun rights advocates crowd the halls of the Miller Senate Office Building to testify against governor's gun restriction proposals
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) - A large crowd of gun rights activists crowded Annapolis as hearings on a restrictive new package of gun bills in Maryland were launched Wednesday.
The bills, backed by Maryland Governor Martin O'Mallley, would impose tough new licensing restrictions on handgun purchases, ban so-called assault weapons, limit high-capacity ammunition magazines to 10 cartridges, and beef up spending on mental health services and school security.
Police estimated at least 800 gun rights activists were on hand to protest. Hundreds signed up to testify against the bills.
Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chairman Sen. Brian Frosh (D, Montgomery County) said he would cut off testimony after 8 hours.