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Mr. DeMarco defended the fingerprint and licensing requirements, saying they were key aspects of how the law strengthens the safety of Maryland residents.

“That is what is really going to save lives,” he said. ” I don’t think we need to do anything else legislatively. I think what we need to do is make sure the law we have is fully implemented.”

Ms. Cutiletta, however, said that while the state has made strides, “there’s always something a state can do” and pointed out that Maryland was one of three states that did not appear on both the top-10 score list and the list for the 10 states with the lowest number of gun-related deaths.

“One of the biggest problems looking at gun death rates is proximity,” Ms. Cutilleta said. “Even if you have good gun laws, a state can be clustered in areas without as good gun laws. Guns travel so easily across state borders.”