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Morning Read: Poll Finds Marylanders Favor Strict Gun Control, Against Death Penalty Repeal

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    NEWSLETTERS

    A new poll found that Marylanders are overwhelmingly in favor of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed strict gun law package.

    Eighty-five percent of Marylanders support the governer’s plan to force residents to submit to fingerprinting, a gun safety course and a background check before purchasing a gun in the state, according to a poll by The Washington Post. If these laws are passed, they would be among the strictest in the nation.

    In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, 58 percent of respondents said they supported having an armed guard in every school in the state.

    The state Senate began discussing the gun control package Tuesday and say they hope to have a vote by Friday.

    The Post's poll also asked Marylanders about another one of Gov. O’Malley’s big initiatives: the repeal of the death penalty.

    Overall, respondents were less supportive of this push, with 60 percent of Marylanders believing the law should still allow for the death penalty, and 36 percent in support of repealing it and replacing it with life in prison without parole.

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