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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:11 AM

Maryland Gov. O’Malley to push for tougher gun-control rules

Source: Washington Post

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will seek to institute some of the nation’s strictest gun-licensing requirements, ban assault weapons and restrict visitor access to schools in one of the most expansive government responses sought to last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Perhaps most controversially, O’Malley (D) will ask the General Assembly to force prospective gun owners to provide fingerprints to state police, complete a hands-on weapon-familiarization and gun-safety course, and undergo a background check to be licensed.

And the governor is seeking new measures to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental illness who show violent tendencies.

The coming gun-control debate in Annapolis, where Democrats reign, will contrast starkly with the discussion in Washington and the contortions that will be needed to get any gun-control legislation through a divided Congress.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/maryland-gov-omalley-to-push-for-tougher-gun-control-rules/2013/01/13/d23861e0-5d9e-11e2-a389-ee565c81c565_story.html?hpid=z1

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:22 AM

1. Connecticut has most of those in place for handguns

Perhaps most controversially, O’Malley (D) will ask the General Assembly to force prospective gun owners to provide fingerprints to state police, complete a hands-on weapon-familiarization and gun-safety course, and undergo a background check to be licensed.



CT Laws:

Eligibility Certificate
An eligibility certificate is issued pursuant to C.G.S. 29-36f through 29-36i. It entitles the holder to purchase a firearm and transport same to their residence or place of business. It does not entitle the holder to carry a pistol or revolver on their person.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and be a legal resident of the United States. Persons convicted of a felony or any one of 11 misdemeanor offenses detailed in the statute are ineligible to receive an eligibility certificate. Persons convicted as a delinquent for the commission of a serious juvenile offense (as defined in Section 46b-120); persons discharged from custody within the preceding twenty years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect (pursuant to section 53a-13); persons confined in a hospital for persons with psychiatric disabilities (as defined in section 17a-495), within the preceding 12 months by order of a probate court; persons subject to a restraining or protective order issued by a court in a case involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person; persons subject to a firearms seizure order issued pursuant to C.G.S. 29-38c after notice and hearing; and any person who is an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States, are prohibited from obtaining an eligibility certificate.

The cost for obtaining an eligibility certificate is $35.00, payable to the Treasurer, State of Connecticut. The eligibility certificate is good for a period of five years. The application paperwork may be obtained from SLFU or any state police barracks. You are required to complete a handgun safety course prior to submitting the application, which must consist of no less than the NRA's "Basic Pistol Course." The NRA's "Home Firearms Safety Course" and "First Steps Pistol Orientation Program" are not approved courses.

You will also be required to submit to a background investigation, criminal history check and submit photographs and fingerprints in connection with your application.

The issuing authority has 90 days to review your application and issue an approval or denial. In the event that they deny your application, they must provide you a written explanation listing the basis for denial. A denial may be appealed to the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners as provided under C.G.S. 29-32b.



I don't see what's so controversial? It's been working fine here for years. Assault weapons on the other hand...

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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:15 AM

2. Thank you, onehandle, for posting this..

K&R

..Washington Post article on how the state of Maryland plans to enact gun control.

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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:40 AM

3. Go, O'Malley!

I just hope the Neanderthals from the Eastern Shore and the western counties don't sink this effort, as they probably will try to do.

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