Gun rights groups disagree on how to fight Maryland’s new gun law

by Christian Schaffer,  |  published on May 17, 2013

Gun rights supporters in Maryland agree they would like to fight to overturn the state’s new gun law. But not all of them agree on just how to do it.

Hundreds of gun owners and advocates gathered in Carroll County on Thursday night to details on the gun restrictions and to plan their next move, in their attempt to repeal them.

The meeting came just hours after Governor O’Malley signed the bill into law. It bans the sale of dozens of so-called assault weapons, limits magazines to 10 rounds and requires people to submit fingerprints to the state police to buy a handgun.

“For future gun owners it’s really going to put heavy restrictions on who can own firearms that are pretty standard use in many sports and in hunting and in self-defense,” said Del. Justin Ready (R-Carroll County).

Outside — volunteers gathered signatures to try and force the issue onto the ballot next year; a statewide referendum could overturn the law.

“People were lined up to sign these petitions so we’re getting a great reaction for people who want to put it on the ballot,” said Larry Helminiak, vice chairman of the Republican Central Committee of Carroll County.

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