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Petition Drive to Overturn Maryland Gun Law Fails

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state official says a petition drive seeking to send Maryland's new gun-control law to a referendum has failed.

Steve Ackerman, a spokesman for the Maryland Secretary of State, said opponents of the law did not submit a batch of signatures by Friday night's deadline.

The group Free State Petitions was coordinating a petition. It had to turn in the first third of 55,736 signatures by midnight for the effort to move forward.

The gun measure signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley gives Maryland some of the nation's tightest gun laws. In part, it requires people to submit fingerprints to get a license to buy a handgun. It also bans assault weapons and limits ammunition magazines.

The National Rifle Association plans to challenge the law in court.

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