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Md. Gun Proposals Meet Opposition

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SALISBURY, Md.- The president of the National Rifle Association says the organization plans to go to court and fight the constitutionality of the new gun bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

If signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the new gun control measures in Maryland would be among the most strict laws in the nation. Salisbury resident Diane Jones was behind the move to send the bill to the governor.

"I was glad it passed because there are too many people around here getting guns and the people enabling them to get gun shells and bullets and stuff. They don't need them," Jones said.

The new measures would require new handgun owners to submit fingerprints to the state police.  There would also be strict limitations on magazine sizes, limiting them to 10 bullets.  And finally, the proposal calls for a ban on 45 types of assault weapons.  However, those who currently own them would be allowed to keep them.

NRA President David Keene said the organization will go to court to defend the Second Amendment rights of Maryland citizens.  The announcement by Keene was the news Salisbury resident, Courtney Core, wanted to hear.

"There's all types of guns. There's certain ones used for hunting, certain guns used for protection. It's their choice. But they need to have the background check and everything like to make sure these types of guns don't get into the wrong hands," said Core.

If signed by the governor, the bill would become law and take effect on Oct. 1.

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