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Topic - Michael D. Smigiel Sr.
Some House Democrats are pushing for changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control bill and Republicans are warning that even if the legislation passes, voters and the courts might get the final say.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will urge state lawmakers on Wednesday to pass legislation requiring residents to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun, but Second Amendment advocates hope to drown out his message.
Perennially outgunned Maryland Republicans hoped the strategy of using the Internet to petition laws to the ballot might help make the minority party relevant in state politics again.
Responding to a court decision that could scrap the state law requiring concealed-carry permit applicants to provide "good and substantial reason" for needing firearms, a Baltimore lawmaker wants to require handgun owners to complete a training course.
Marylanders hoping to apply for a concealed-carry handgun permit without providing a "good and substantial reason" will have to wait until a federal court can decide this fall whether the state's law is unconstitutional.
Maryland House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell said Wednesday he plans to keep his state leadership role while running for Congress next year despite questions about whether his candidacy could be a distraction.
Members of Maryland's tea party movement are opposing a recommended congressional redistricting map that they say could further shift political power to the state's Democratic majority.
A Maryland lawmaker is considering legislation in next year's General Assembly to strengthen penalties related to flash-mob robberies.
Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, throughout his tenure has spoken of "One Maryland," in which lawmakers and residents work across party and jurisdictional lines to accomplish common goals.
ANNAPOLIS — A Cecil County Republican is seeking a property tax cap following the approval of a rate that will mean a 10 percent increase in payments next year.
Mr. Smigiel also said he would expect Second Amendment groups to challenge the law in court, as they have done to the state's current concealed-carry handgun permit law.
"We're going to fight it here, we're going to fight it in the courts, we're going to fight it every step of the way," said Delegate Michael D. Smigiel Sr., Cecil Republican. "There is no legislature, there is no executive and there is no court that can do anything to interfere with the Second Amendment."