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Md. Senate votes to limit debate on gun control

Thursday - 2/28/2013, 1:00pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland Senate has voted to limit debate on a comprehensive gun-control measure so a vote can be taken.

The Senate voted 29-18 on Thursday morning to limit debate to two hours. Twenty-nine votes were needed.

The cloture vote came more than three hours after the Senate started debating the bill.

Opponents say it erodes Second Amendment rights, while supporters say stronger gun laws are needed to protect the public.

The bill would ban assault weapons. It also would create a new licensing requirement for handguns requiring gun buyers to submit fingerprints to the state police. The Senate also decided to prohibit anyone who has been involuntarily committed due to mental illness for any duration from possessing a firearm.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later today.

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