Miller Hopefull Maryland Senate Will Adopt Gun Bill Changes - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Miller Hopefull Maryland Senate Will Adopt Gun Bill Changes

Posted: Updated:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland's Senate president said he hopes senators will finish work on a major gun-control bill by Thursday night and send the measure to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature.
 
"Hopefully, I'm going to have the gun issue resolved by tonight," Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told reporters after the Senate's first session Thursday.
 
Miller, D-Calvert, told senators during session that the changes made by the House of Delegates will be debated. He said after session that he hopes the Senate will be able to concur with the House changes and wrap up work on one of O'Malley's top priorities this session.
 
"I would recommend that they do so," Miller said.
 
Supporters say the measure would place Maryland's gun laws among the strongest in the nation.
 
For example, Maryland would become the first state in almost 20 years to require people who buy handguns to provide their fingerprints to the state police - one of the strongest provisions in the bill. Only five other states have a similar law: Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. The measure also would limit gun magazines to 10 bullets and ban 45 types of assault weapons.
 
The measure also includes a provision to address firearms access by the mentally ill. People who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility would not be able to possess a firearm.
 
Opponents say the bill erodes Second Amendment rights. They also say the measure only cracks down on law-abiding gun owners, while doing little to address the actions of criminals.
 
Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Cecil, said the measure won't make anyone safer, and he said the bill was more about building O'Malley's resume for a potential presidential run than safety.
 
"This may be great for political aspirations, for presidential aspirations, to pound your chest but, honestly, after twelve weeks of work, the bill that's on the floor today will not improve the safety of the citizens of Maryland one bit," Pipkin said.
 
The House made some substantial changes, but the measure still contains the major provisions backed by O'Malley and initially passed by the Senate more than a month ago.
 
One change would prohibit someone who receives probation before judgment for a violent crime from owning a gun. Another change requires someone to report a lost or stolen firearm.
 
O'Malley proposed the measure in the aftermath of December's massacre at a Newtown, Conn., school, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults before committing suicide.
 
The governor this week included $4.6 million in a supplemental budget to help implement the bill by paying for employees at a center for state police to enforce it. The measure also calls for $25 million to be made available for schools to invest in security measures such as locks, cameras and buzzer entrance systems.
 
The bill would take effect Oct. 1.
 
Maryland's legislative session is scheduled to end Monday at midnight.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Elderly Couple Dead in Berlin Murder-Suicide

    Elderly Couple Dead in Berlin Murder-Suicide

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:01:06 GMT
     An elderly couple is dead following a murder suicide in Berlin on Wednesday morning, according to the Worcester County Sheriff's Office. More
     An elderly couple is dead following a murder suicide in Berlin on Wednesday morning, according to the Worcester County Sheriff's Office. More
  • More Store Closures Coming To Delaware

    More Store Closures Coming To Delaware

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:33:00 GMT
    SEAFORD, De.- Another major store is closing in Delaware. This time it’s the Sears in Seaford. This comes shortly after news broke that the Kmart store in Dover was closing. Both stores will be closing its doors this summer. It’s all part of changes coming to the Sears Holding Corporation. Customers were not too happy about their local store closing. "I hate it. I don't like it at all,” said Ruth Sneller of Seaford. “Just means we have to go somewhere else to buy especially appliances an...More
    SEAFORD, De.- Another major store is closing in Delaware. This time it’s the Sears in Seaford. This comes shortly after news broke that the Kmart store in Dover was closing. Both stores will be closing its doors this summer. It’s all part of changes coming to the Sears Holding Corporation. Customers were not too happy about their local store closing. "I hate it. I don't like it at all,” said Ruth Sneller of Seaford. “Just means we have to go somewhere else to buy especially appliances an...More
  • Two Ships Collide in VA Shipping Channel

    Two Ships Collide in VA Shipping Channel

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:20 AM EDT2014-04-16 05:20:21 GMT
    The Coast Guard says two ships have collided in a main shipping channel off the Virginia coast while a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in high winds gusting up to 70 mph.More
    The Coast Guard says two ships have collided in a main shipping channel off the Virginia coast while a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in high winds gusting up to 70 mph.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service