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Frosh Leading State Effort To Ban Guns

by BethesdaNow.com | December 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm | 1,105 views | 2 Comments

Citing changed attitudes since the Newtown, Conn., school mass shooting, State Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and fellow lawmakers are making a new push to enact gun control legislation.

Frosh and State Senators Jamie Raskin (D-Silver Spring-Takoma Park), Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore City) and Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) announced a package of laws they will introduce in the 2013 General Assembly.

Included is an assault weapons ban that would make illegal 45 guns (including the type of Bushmaster rifle used in the Newtown killings), a handgun ban in public places, bars and places of worship and a reduction of clip sizes.

A number of the bills have been introduced before but failed to pass.

This time, Frosh said the terms of the gun control debate have changed.

“The message from the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut is clear,” Frosh said in a prepared statement. “We must act now to protect our children, our families and our communities.

“These are reasonable and common sense proposals that will help law enforcement officials to crack down on illegal gun sellers, restrict the availability of assault weapons, require new gun safety measures, limit the number of rounds in gun magazines, and outlaw carrying a firearm into certain public spaces.”

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  • Mika

    Mr. Frosh, reportedly now in the running for State Attorney General, should be ashamed of himself for holding a press conference to introduce these bills on the same day as funerals were being held in Newtown. No matter where you stand on gun control issues, his crass and ignorant grab for the media spotlight during such a solemn time is an embarrassment for Maryland in general and Montgomery County in particular. I for one, will not be voting for Mr. Frosh for Attorney General even if he receives the nomination. I would rather vote for a Republican if the choice comes down to that, something I would normally not even consider.

  • Richard Hannigan

    I would challenge Sen. Frosh to visit a maximum security prison and talk to convicted violent felons about his views on restrictive gun laws. The criminals will love this guy — he is hell bent on disarming law abiding citizens with restrictive guns laws that the criminals will laugh at and ignore.

    Does Frosh really think that any of his proposed measures will make us, or the children, safer? A criminal intent on committing a crime has already made the decision that he isn’t going to abide by the rules of society. Adding new gun laws will only restrict law abiding citizens.

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