A court case and a referendum petition make for a double threat to Maryland's new gun control laws

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April 15, 2013

Maryland

By: Josh Altic

Annapolis, Maryland: Recently President Barack Obama congratulated Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on passing strict gun control laws, but there is a chance that they will not hold up under the efforts of the opposition.

The new gun control prohibits the sale of 45 different types of military-style semi-automatic rifles, limits magazine size to ten bullets and imposes other strict limitations. Currently there is an effort to petition a referendum, giving voters a chance to overturn the new laws. The petitioners were recently joined in active opposition by the National Rifle Association, who have pledged to challenge the constitutionality of the new gun control in court.

David Keene, President of the NRA, had this to say on Tuesday, April 9th: “We are already in court in New York and we will be in court and aiding those in Maryland — and I am myself a Maryland resident — who want to challenge the constitutionality of this and other provisions here in Maryland."

O'Malley is reportedly confident that the court will rule in favor of the gun control. His spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said, “We believe, as does the attorney general, that our new law is constitutional. We currently have a ban on enumerated assault pistols, which has been on the books for decades.” He expressed that he does not think there is much of a threat from the referendum approach saying, “You can’t fear that. The people of our state are smart and they are fair.”[1]

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