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Maryland lawmakers hope their recently passed gun control measure will set an example for other states.
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Maryland lawmakers hope their recently passed gun control measure will set an example for other states.

Gun control advocates in Maryland are still cheering. The measure approved by the legislature this week includes an assault weapons ban, and it caps the number of rounds per clip, while also requiring fingerprints for gun purchases.

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he thinks other states will follow their lead.

"We believe it is going to establish a trend," says Brown. "It's going to inspire and motivate legislatures and governors around the country to do the same thing."

But there are limitations with Maryland's new gun law. Namely, it isn't national, and Marylanders can easily travel to, say a gun show in Virginia, and skirt all of the tough new requirements passed in the state.

Brown is aware of the problem, and says it exemplifies why Congress needs to act.

"While what we're doing is important in Maryland, our borders are porous and there's still a likelihood of illegal guns coming into Maryland because of illegal purchases outside of Maryland."

Next week, gun legislation is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate that will require universal background checks on gun purchases, but it won't include any limitations on weapons or magazines.

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