The Maryland Senate voted 28-19 Thursday in favor of a measure to make the state’s gun laws among the strongest in the nation. That means the legislation is now headed to Gov. Martin O’Malley for his signature.
Once the bill is signed, Maryland will become the first state in 20 years to require people who buy a handgun to submit fingerprints to state police; currently, only five other states have a similar requirement: New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts and New York.
The new bill also bans assault weapons and puts a 10 round limit on magazines; it also requires handgun owners to go through firearms training and licensing and renewal fees.
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