Gun Control Forefront of Maryland Governors RaceAuthor: Portner & Shure
Two candidates competing for the position as governor of Maryland have staunch differences on where they stand on gun control. Maryland's General Assembly last year passed new gun control legislation, making it among the strictest in the country. The legislation requires people who purchase a handgun to submit fingerprints to state police, bans forty-five types of assault weapons, and limits gun magazines to ten bullets. Democratic candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown supports Maryland's sweeping gun control legislation passed last year, whereas Republican candidate Larry Hogan has said he cannot support Maryland's Gun Safety Act. Hogan has been accused by Lt. Governor Brown of flip-flopping on the issue because in one interview he will claim he supports the legislation and in another one, he will say the legislation "went too far." Oddly enough, just yesterday the National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed Hogan, citing his "support and commitment to the Second Amendment."
The legislation passed last year is certainly a step in the right direction in terms of protecting Marylander's safety and preventing major public shootings. An interesting point to consider is that Lt. Governor Brown's campaign advertisements focused heavily on attacking Hogan's pro-gun views. Before Lt. Governor Brown started running these advertisements, many Marylanders had no idea who Larry Hogan even was. It is ironic that Maryland's race for governor has become so closely contested, in part due to Lt. Governor Brown's television advertisements. It shall be interesting to see what will happen in these last few weeks before the election.
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