Last Friday, the Maryland Senate passed Gov. Martin O’Malley’s comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation.
Among its provisions, The Firearm Safety Act, SB 281 will:
- Require buyers to provide fingerprints, complete safety training, obtain a license and undergo background checks before they purchase handguns.
- Restrict purchases of military style assault weapons and limit the capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.
- Give state police the authority to suspend or revoke the licenses of gun dealers who sell guns to criminals or otherwise violate Maryland law.
- Prevent individuals who suffer from mental illness and are a danger to themselves or others from having access to firearms.
SB 281 now goes to the House of Delegates, and in the next few weeks, the legislators will hammer out a final agreement.
The Baltimore Sun ran a story on the debate. You can read it here.
College Park City Council also discussed the gun violence in our last worksession. Recently two UMD students and a Lanham resident became the victim of gun violence in College Park.