Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, a Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, testified in Annapolis last week in support of a state ban on military-style weapons.
“I lived through what one of these weapons can do during the sniper shootings,” Mr. Duncan said, referring to the shooting spree in October 2002 that killed 10 persons and terrorized the Washington area for three weeks. “We don’t need these guns on the streets.”
The bill by Delegate Neil Quinter, Howard County Democrat, would replace the federal assault-weapon ban that expired in September 2004. It would outlaw the sale or possession of 19 specific military-style weapons and all firearms with military characteristics, such as semiautomatic rifles with pistol grips or shotguns with retractable stocks.
Similar legislation has died in the last three General Assembly sessions, and lawmakers are skeptical that Maryland’s Assault Weapon Ban of 2006 will get out of the House Judiciary Committee.
Mr. Duncan told reporters that he did not support further expansion of the state’s gun-control laws beyond the proposed ban.
Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, another Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, also supports the bill, but does not support further gun-control measures.
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican seeking re-election, has not taken a position on Mr. Quinter’s bill.
Jumping right in
Allan J. Lichtman wanted to make a big splash in his first television ad leading up to the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.
So the Montgomery County resident put on a suit and jumped into the C&O; Canal.
“Let’s make a big splash and together change Washington,” he says in the advertisement.
Mr. Lichtman, 58, is an American University professor and political historian. He is among those running to replace the retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, a Democrat.
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