Maryland And Virginia Going In Opposite Directions On Gun Control | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Maryland And Virginia Going In Opposite Directions On Gun Control

Play associated audio
Virginia is trying to make it easier for teachers to carry guns in the classroom, while Maryland lawmakers are tightening up gun laws.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/barjack/149011258/
Virginia is trying to make it easier for teachers to carry guns in the classroom, while Maryland lawmakers are tightening up gun laws.

Lawmakers in Montgomery County, Md., are behind many of the gun control measures that will be introduced during the upcoming session of the state's General Assembly. Even if the bills pass, however, lawmakers say their impact could be blunted by legislation in neighborhing Virginia.

The two states seem to be going in opposite directions when it comes to gun control. Some Maryland lawmakers will push for tighter gun laws next year. Meanwhile, in Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell says he's considering allowing teachers to carry concealed handguns at school.

Maryland state senator Jamie Raskin, from Montgomery County, is sponsoring the assault weapon ban in Maryland. Raskin says he sees the "logic" behind arming teachers, even though he strongly disagrees with it.

"They're basically saying, 'Forget it. We're not going to be like the rest of the world. We're not going to be able to keep dangerous guns out of public places, so let's just arm everybody,'" Raskin says, about the proposal in Virginia. "And that's not insane if you start with their premise that we should have assault weapons floating around in society."

The assault weapon ban has been brought up before in Maryland, but it hasn't passed. Raskin thinks that may be different next year because of public outrage at the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting last week.

Fellow state senator Brian Frosh says a Maryland assault weapon ban could lose some effectiveness if such guns are available right across the Potomac River.

"Obviously if Congress passed it, that would be the best," Frosh says. "But we can do something."

Montgomery County state's attorney John McCarthy agrees.

"The proximity of Virginia would compromise what we do in Maryland," McCarthy says. "But like many things in life, you can only be responsible for yourself."

Other bills to be introduced in Annapolis next month include smaller ammunition clips, and tougher reporting and record keeping requirements for gun dealers.

NPR

Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

The business lobby is pushing hard for the survival of the Export-Import Bank, which has supported U.S. exports for 80 years. Some House GOP leaders, though, think it's time to kill the bank.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.