Vote Expected on MD Gun Bill

7:21 AM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA9) --  It could be the most comprehensive change to Maryland's gun laws in two decades and it's one step closer to become reality. 

Maryland's House of Delegates is expected to continue debate and vote Wednesday on its version of a gun control bill, despite heavy opposition from gun advocates who say the bill restricts their second amendment rights.  The measure bans so-called assault rifles, limits magazines to 10 rounds, and requires strict licensing and fingerprinting for gun buyers. 

However, the House version would exempt any gun purchased prior to the ban.  The bill also requires gun owners to report a lost or stolen gun within 72 hours.

The Senate passed the gun control bill - authored by Governor Martin O'Malley - in February.

If the House passes the bill, it is expected to move to a conference committee where supporters hope to resolve their differences before the session ends. 

The General Assembly's 90 day session wraps up Monday.


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