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Md. lawmakers hold hearing on new gun regulations

Monday - 9/23/2013, 7:00pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Eight days before new gun-control laws go into effect in Maryland, state legislators have conducted a hearing to review the regulations.

Before Monday's hearing by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, gun rights advocates held a rally. WBAL-AM reported (http://bit.ly/1aj44PI) that a few hundred people attended the rally.

The new regulations ban 45 different types of weapons, limit magazine clips to 10 rounds, and require gun buyers to submit fingerprints to the Maryland State Police.

At the hearing, Del. Mike Smigel, a Republican who represents the upper Eastern Shore, accused state police of adding regulations without lawmakers' consent. He cited a requirement for firearms training.

But a state police official defended the agency's actions, saying the requirement was added after consulting with the Attorney General's office.


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