Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control bill passed the Senate, and now heads to the House.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and gun control activists will rally later today in Annapolis to show their support for the governor's gun control legislation. The measure already passed in the Maryland Senate, the House of Delegates will now take up the bill.
That bill includes background checks and fingerprinting requirements on gun purchases, and ban on semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. It also blocks access to firearms for people with mental illnesses who have been involuntarily committed.
This is not the only public safety measure being weighed in Annapolis. The Senate is working on a bill to repeal the death penalty in Maryland. Five men are currently on death row. The last execution in Maryland was in 2005.