Maryland Poised to Pass Assault Weapons Ban, Beretta May Leave

This week, two Maryland House committees will review Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Firearms Safety Act of 2013, a bill that would ban ‘assault’ weapons and ‘high’ capacity magazines as well as require licensing and fingerprinting for all gun buyers.

Versions of the bill have already passed the full state House and state Senate, but the latest draft of the bill is now sitting before the House Judiciary committee and House Government Operations committee, both will give it a final vote before potentially sending it to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Rep. Jill P. Carter, one of the lawmakers who will decide the fate of O’Malley’s Firearms Safety Act, has said that while she supports the bill, she is also open to amending it.

“My constituents have overwhelmingly requested support for the Governor’s bill,” she told the Baltimore Sun. “If it’s something they overwhelmingly want, it’s my obligation to do so.” Adding, however, “If there are other reasonable changes suggested from our work group, I’m amenable to them.”

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