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Eastern Shore Largely Against O'Malley's Proposed Gun Laws

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Maryland's Eastern Shore is a very conservative and largely red region in an otherwise blue state. And although it includes a third of the state's land area, it only boasts 8 percent of the population.

Many of the shore's residents and legislators have taken umbrage with Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to add new and stricter gun laws.

Republican Del. Mike McDermott is a 30-year law enforcement official who represents three lower shore counties.

"Folks that aren't very familiar with fire arms have a knee jerk reaction, which is let's just take them all away and we'll be safer, and we won't be safer," says McDermott.

He believes teachers should be issued wear and carry gun permits in the classroom, but knows that stance will get little support in Annapolis.

As a result, McDermott says he'll fight to pass a bill to allow Tasers in classrooms, as a protective measure.

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