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Supporters Pushing House Committees On Gun Control Bill

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Maryland gun control supporters are waiting for House lawmakers to act on the measure.
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Maryland gun control supporters are waiting for House lawmakers to act on the measure.

Supporters of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control bill are pressuring lawmakers in the House of Delegates to act on the measure.

The bill has bogged down in the House Judiciary and Health and Government Operations committees after passing the Senate last month. The point of contention is the governor's plan to ban military style assault weapons, which could include the AR-15 rifle that was used in the Newtown mass elementary school shooting last year.

Some weapons, like the AR-15, could be removed from the proposed ban. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown doesn't want to see that, but concedes the compromise of some kind on the bill is inevitable.

"We certainly want to ensure that we are banning all assault weapons," says Brown. "And we appreciate that we will find compromise in the General Assembly to ban assault weapons."

The measure also outlaws high capacity ammunition magazines and makes all prospective handgun buyers be fingerprinted before they can purchase a weapon.

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