WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

U.S. Senate Still Hashing Out Gun Control Bill

Play associated audio
Senate lawmakers are working on key pieces of the gun control legislation.
Keith Lafaille: http://www.flickr.com/photos/klafaille/6218726857/
Senate lawmakers are working on key pieces of the gun control legislation.

The Maryland legislature has enacted a tough new gun law, but now eyes in the region are turning to Congress once again in hopes of national gun control legislation.

To the dismay of gun control advocates, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already stripped out an assault weapons ban and a limitation on rounds per clip. Now reports are swirling around Capitol Hill that the Senate proposal to have universal background checks is also getting watered down. But Brina Milikowsky with Mayors Against Illegal Guns disputes the claim.

"As with most things in Washington, the rumors aren't true," she says. "Maryland's legislature has approved a stricter gun law that requires fingerprinting before any gun purchase."

Vincent DeMarco, the President of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, says even without the fingerprinting requirement, Congress can take a big step toward reducing illegal guns.

"Maryland has had universal background checks since the mid-90s, and they work to keep people from getting guns who shouldn't get them," says DeMarco.

Senate leaders could unveil their new gun control legislation as early as next week.

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

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