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.