WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Radio Ad To Tout Maryland's New Gun Law

Maryland's new gun law will ban 45 types of assault weapons and require gun buyers to submit fingerprints to the state police.
Keith Lafaille: http://www.flickr.com/photos/klafaille/6218726857/
Maryland's new gun law will ban 45 types of assault weapons and require gun buyers to submit fingerprints to the state police.

The debate over gun control is taking center stage again after yet another mass shooting. One place that is especially true is in Maryland, where one of the strictest gun laws in the country will take effect in less than two weeks.

Supporters of Maryland's gun law appear in a radio ad that will play throughout the state in the run-up to the law's start date on October 1.

"I'm a minister. I'm a mother. I'm a hunter. I'm a police chief, and I know that Maryland's handgun licensing law...with fingerprint background checks...is one of the best ways to reduce gun violence," says Baltimore County Jim Johnson, one of the bill's biggest supporters, in one of the ads.

The law includes a fingerprint requirement for potential gun buyers, which was cheered by supporters and jeered by opponents, who have vowed to get the legislation overturned in court instead of taking it to voters via referendum next year. The bill also bans 45 assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

The rush for buyers to purchase guns before the law takes effect has created such a backlog with state police that the department has had to use workers from other state agencies to help process forms, raising privacy concerns from some gun advocates.

NPR

'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
NPR

Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
NPR

Staunch Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia Dies At Age 79

Senior Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed dead Saturday afternoon at a West Texas ranch. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free-Press.
NPR

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Leave a Comment

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