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Baltimore Co. officials call for stronger gun laws

Monday - 12/17/2012, 3:08pm  ET

TOWSON, Md. - Two Baltimore County officials have called for strengthened gun laws in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Connecticut.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief Jim Johnson made the call at a news conference Monday. They urged lawmakers to stop the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines of more than 10 rounds.

Johnson is chairman of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence. He called gun violence "a public health epidemic."

Kamenetz read from a letter he wrote to elected officials, asking for immediate action on gun safety measures.

Baltimore County has seen gun violence in its schools. A 17-year-old student was critically hurt when he was shot in the school cafeteria on the first day of classes, allegedly by a fellow student.


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