- The Washington Times - Monday, December 14, 2015

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III on Monday urged Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to ban the sale of guns to individuals on the federal no-fly list.

Mr. Baker joined Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, in calling on Mr. Hogan to toughen gun laws in the wake of the Dec. 2 shooting spree by a Muslim couple who killed 14 and wounded 21 in San Bernardino, California.

“When such a simple change in the law is needed to improve our collective safety, a sense of urgency must be utilized,” Mr. Baker, a Democrat, said in a statement to the Republican governor. “It would be helpful if the Hogan administration would provide clarity on its assurance that no terrorists have been able to purchase a gun in Maryland since states are not given access to the no-fly list.”

Mr. Baker said the issue is of particular importance to county residents since the jurisdiction borders the District and is home to major facilities such as Joint Base Andrews, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland.

Democrats around the country, including President Obama, have called for banning gun sales to persons on the no-fly list since the San Bernardino shooting, even though the shooters — Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik — presumably were not on the list.

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