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Gun backers draw bead on O’Malley plan

by David Hill, The Washington Times  |  published on February 8, 2013

Second Amendment advocates flocked to Annapolis on Wednesday to rally and testify against a gun control proposal by Gov. Martin O’Malley, mounting a massive protest whose scale surprised some observers in the heavily Democratic state.

Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, was among the first of more than 400 people scheduled to testify before the state’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on the bill, which would ban assault weapons and require residents to obtain a license before purchasing handguns.

Before the hearing, more than 1,000 gun rights advocates gathered outside the State House to voice their disapproval, echoing scenes that have played out in other state capitals, where the push for gun control by Democratic leaders in the wake of last year’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is getting blowback from Republicans as well as many conservative and rural Democrats.

“It just seems to be rather punitive to the law-abiding citizens of this state like myself,” Tom Morris Jr., a Maryland resident and former correspondent for the TV series “America’s Most Wanted,” said during Wednesday’s hearing. “We can limit the capacity of magazines, but that’s not going to stop a criminal from putting in as many bullets as he can get.”

Wednesday’s rally was the latest to feature Second Amendment supporters gathering to discourage Democrats from tightening gun laws and to urge Republicans to resist such efforts after calls from President Obama and many other Democrats for national and local gun control reforms.

In recent weeks, the settings for such rallies have ranged from blue states such as Connecticut and Oregon to red ones such as Alabama and Texas.

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