Democrats in the Maryland legislature are pushing three new gun bills that would prohibit people from carrying firearms on the campuses of the state’s public colleges, require domestic abusers to surrender their guns and bar terrorists from purchasing them.
General Assembly leaders said Wednesday they would try to strengthen Maryland’s gun laws, which are already among the strongest in the nation, setting up a confrontation with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, who was crucial in passing sweeping gun law changes as a legislator in 2013, joined House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Senate PresidentThomas V. Mike Miller and other top Democrats in announcing the legislation aimed at “keeping guns away from those who would endanger others.”
“If we can do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, keeping guns out of the hands of people who are terrorists,” Frosh said, “we can reduce the gun deaths in Maryland.”
The measures announced by Democratic leaders Wednesday are targeted more narrowly. If passed by the General Assembly, they would nonetheless force Hogan to stake out positions on an issue he has largely avoided.
Busch, one of Hogan’s chief political sparring partners, said the proposals were common sense.
“The vast majority of people in both political parties understand that [these are] simple protections that their constituents would like to see,” Busch said.
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