Sender: Vinny DeMarco, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013
Subject: Maryland Takes a Stand to Prevent Gun Violence
Maryland ranks 22nd in the nation in gun deaths with 11.5 people per 100,000 killed each year by gunfire. Last month, Maryland lawmakers took a firm step forward to reduce this number. On April 4th, they passed the landmark Firearm Safety Act of 2013, which made Maryland one of our nationâs leading states in passing effective gun violence prevention legislation.
This legislation requires handgun purchasers to first obtain a fingerprint-based background check and license from the State Police. A report
from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research shows that these requirements are one of the most effective tools a state can use to prevent guns from getting into the hands of criminals and others who would use them to kill or injure.
The new law also bans assault weapons, limits gun magazines to no more than 10 bullets, gives the state the needed authority to better regulate gun dealers, requires gun owners to report lost or stolen guns, prohibits persons with probations before verdict for violent crimes from getting guns, and increases penalties for the use in crime of cop-killer bullets.
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, in partnership with Moving Maryland Forward Network, is asking supporters to stand behind Governor Martin OâMalley and our state legislators as they enact this landmark legislation. With strong support ... with your support ... we'll make sure the Firearm Safety Act is fully implemented so that we reduce gun violence across our state and save lives.
So please, add your voice in support of a strong implementation of this law.
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence