Delegate C.T. Wilson, Charles County Democrat, said the bill's language would deem as violators a parent with a license to carry a concealed handgun picking up a child from college or someone with a hunting rifle in the trunk of a car driving along a road that happens to go through a campus.
"There are some advocates, it seems like they won't be happy until police don't have any power or authority, when you basically have to ask permission to arrest because they have such a distrust of police officers," Mr. Wilson said of some critics. "Now again, I understand that distrust, and sometimes it's well merited. But we have to have a working bill because we have to have a working police force."