Maryland Gun Owners Rally To ‘Drown Out’ Gov.’s Assault Weapons Ban

by S.H. Blannelberry,  |  published on February 13, 2013

Last Wednesday, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley held the first public hearing on his gun control proposal, which includes a ban on military-style ‘assault’ weapons.

The hearing was open to advocates on both sides of the debate. While there were a few pro-gun control supporters who attended, the overwhelming majority of the more than 700 folks who showed up were unapologetically and enthusiastically pro gun.

Frustrated by the number of people who were there to oppose his bill, which would also require gun owners to submit digital fingerprints, a staffer for the Governor’s office lashed out against the National Rifle Association for its role in helping to mobilize law-abiding gun owners.

In a blog posting on the Governor’s homepage entitled “The NRA: Drowning out Marylanders,” staffer Zoe Pagonis implied that the NRA cowed gun owners into attending the hearing.

“The majority of Marylanders, including many responsible gun owners, support common sense legislation to prevent gun violence,” Pagonis wrote.

“But the PR wing of the NRA, lobbyists for gun manufacturers, and others who want to block any and all gun safety ideas would have you to believe otherwise. For weeks, they’ve been spreading falsehoods and using scare tactics to mislead Marylanders,” she continued.

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