Morning Read: Maryland House Finally Taking Up O’Malley’s Gun Control Legislation Again

Maryland State of the State

Two Maryland house committees are expected to meet Friday in a rare joint committee meeting to vote on amendments to Gov. O’Malley’s sweeping gun control legislation.

The legislation already passed the Senate and was the subject of much debate in the House. But the House Judiciary Committee wrestled with whether to weaken O’Malley’s proposed assault weapons ban and hasn’t taken any action on the high-profile package of bills since March 1, according to the Washington Post.

With only a week left of the session and Newton back in the news, the House seems poised to vote, although it is unclear what amendments they will pass.

The Washington Post has a helpful piece laying out 5 important questions about the gun-control legislation.


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