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O'Malley to sign gun-control bill

Thursday - 5/16/2013, 3:19am  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to sign a major gun-control measure.

It is set to be signed Thursday at a bill-signing ceremony. The measure includes a provision requiring handgun purchasers to submit fingerprints to get a license.

The bill bans 45 types of assault weapons, but people who own them now will be able to keep them.

Gun magazines will be limited to 10 bullets.

The measure also bans gun ownership by people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility.

Maryland State Police will be able to suspend the licenses of gun dealers who fail to comply with recordkeeping obligations.

The bill is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1. Opponents hope to overturn it in court.

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