Maryland, New York Officials Move On Gun Control

11:03 PM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. ( WUSA) --  Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley isn't waiting on the national government to implement a ban on assault weapons and their magazines.

O'Malley today announced that he is proposing a comprehensive measure that will ban the military style weapons, but will also change licensing requirements, while implementing mental health services and school safety measures.

O'Malley is not calling for armed personnel in the schools.

New York State lawmakers were also considering an assault ban supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The National Rifle Association re-iterated its opposition to an assault weapons ban and predicted such a measure would not get approval from Congress.

The NRA says the best defense against the type of mass gun violence this country has seen is for more law abiding citizens to arm themselves.

The discussion since the Newtown slayings of 20 first graders and six adults has sparked a run on some gun buying in the U-S including assault weapons.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, appearing in Baltimore on Monday, repeated his call for a ban and went further to demand background checks on all gun sales including private transactions and gun show sales.

Bloomberg says President Obama could take executive action on his own to make gun trafficking a federal law. He could appoint a director of ATF and require federal agencies to share gun data.

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to give the President his gun control recommendations on Tuesday.


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