- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Two groups favoring restrictions on firearms are celebrating the first anniversary of Maryland’s implementation of one of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws.

The event Wednesday in Columbia is sponsored by Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence and the Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches.

They’re also asking candidates for elective office to publicly voice their support for the law.

The law passed by the 2013 General Assembly bans 45 assault weapons and limits gun magazines to 10 rounds. It survived a legal challenge when a federal judge ruled in August that those provisions did not violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Opponents of the law say it bans popular firearms that can be used for self-defense.

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