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Gun Bills Top O'Malley Legislative Priorities

The legislative package also includes bills regarding offshore wind, expansion of early voting and allowing voters to register and vote on the same day.

Calling it his top priority for the 2013 General Assembly session, Gov. Martin O'Malley Friday said he will introduce a set of proposed gun control laws.

The bills are part of O'Malley's 25-item agenda that was announced Friday morning. The requests include bills on school safety, repeal of the sunset of the state DNA database program, offshore wind, jobs and expansion of early voting as well as making it possible for voters to register on the same day they vote.

But the focus of the news conference was on O'Malley's gun control bills.

"Military assault weapons don't just threaten children and they don't just threaten families," O'Malley said. "They also threaten the men and women, that on our behalf, execute search and seizure warrants. That in the late hours of the night have to go through doors where they don't know what's on the other side and increasingly they're finding when they go through those doors of the murder gangs, and the drug dealers and the gangs that they find assault weapons on the other side of those doors in increasing numbers."

Included in O'Malley's proposals are:

  • Reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons previously banned under a federal law that expired nearly 10 years ago
  • Limit the size of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, down from the current 20 rounds
  • Require all gun owners to be licensed
  • Improvements to mental health and creation of a center for early intervention strategies and a hotline
  • $25 million for improving school safety related to entrance and egress and cameras
  • Creation of a Maryland Center for School safety to provide law enforcement advice to schools

"The causes of gun violence are complex and are multifaceted and the actions that we take also have to be multifaceted," O'Malley said.

This story will be updated.

Lorna D. Rudnikas April 06, 2013 at 04:37 PM
So saith Ike.."The signers of the Constitution were mostly treacherously self-seeking individuals...." guess that pretty well sums up where Ike is coming from, and going to. Lord Have Mercy...the language is old, tired and abusive...consistently abusive.
1ke April 06, 2013 at 04:52 PM
.... and ... great day in the morning....I ....didn't say..... a single cotton-picking thing about you....even left you something to read....but just like the man said....
Lorna D. Rudnikas April 06, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Ahhhh dear 1Ke..."great day in the morning.." and "single cotton-picking thing about you"....love it, love it, love it!!! I am LOL :-) You do have a bit of southern humor...there is hope, bonafide cotton-picking hope for you honey child!!! :-) But, watch it darling...lest you be labeled "condescending."
amark April 06, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Ok Guy, Lorna calls you out on using language like "dead old white men" and you have a coronary, why is that? You are on this thread using what I would call false advertising. You are not a republican and to say you are is a lie. Your posts attack the constitution, the founders, the 2nd amendment, the "wealthy",the tea party, you support higher taxes and on and on. Even today's RINO's are not that liberal. My biggest problem with you though is dishonesty. Call yourself what you are which is a liberal, or as you all like to call yourselves now "progressives". To do otherwise is to try to mislead the people on the patch that somehow republicans are of your mindset. Whenever I see one of those political ads on TV where somewhere claims to be a "lifelong republican" or "lifelong democrat" and then takes a position completely the opposite of what one would expect, I completely disregard what they have to say because 90% of the time it is a fraud. Even though I dislike most of the left wing posters on here, they are what they are. Why don't you have the courage to do the same and not play games?
amark April 06, 2013 at 05:32 PM
You also attack Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, yet are A-OK with Owe'malley and Obama, LOL. Very telling.
Lorna D. Rudnikas April 06, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Nahhh..McVeigh probably would not have voted at all!
amark April 06, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Absurd, if you don't like the constitution, go through the amendment process. 2/3 of Congress, 3/4 of the states.
Lorna D. Rudnikas April 06, 2013 at 05:40 PM
And so Steveee.. you are of the mindset that folks who work for the government (both Federal, State and County) are sucking the life out of America....but only those from my generation...Pray tell darling, how exactly do you differentiate and in what way do government workers "suck" the life out...while you are at it please make sure present company in Washington is included...Wouldn't want you to skip any important folks in your analysis. And while we are at it..why don't you brave up and tell us who you, little self righteous darling that you are, are sucking the life out of. I think I understand your feelings though...you are not so much enthused about my generation hanging around are you....I think it has something to do with you interpretation of "old and useless"....wow, what a future the country has if you and your comrades ever get full entrenched in Annapolis and Washington, D.C. It has happened before,in other places in history and the language hasn't changed one iotta. Hear Ye, Hear Ye folks...Steve and his crew are not fooling around with words..the darlings mean exactly what they say and say exactly what they mean.
1ke April 06, 2013 at 07:10 PM
He is an Eisenhower Republican, not a Coolidge Republican or a Ron Paul Libertarian. If he sounds even vaguely like Steve, it's because you're in mid-bender. Again.
Lorna D. Rudnikas April 06, 2013 at 10:04 PM
amark...is it possible that our American way of life is being neatly and precisely hijacked? Groups tend to give themselves catchy little names....Progressive has a nice ring...so, so positive. mmmm. I do not agree that they represent fraud...I feel strongly that they are right up front, in your face, and following the book they have been given. Not a new book, no just one that represents the old guard teaching the new guard how it is done. Marginalize, redistribute, promote dependence, transformation, and onward, forward, march to the tune of the day. Lean on the old, rich, race card when useful, promise all to be fairly treated...but fail to explain all will actually be poorly treated in the end....with no disparity except for, of course, the ruling elite. Nothing like repeating history. Let use review: Russia, Germany, Cuba to name a few. Yike!! but then...there is the education system which I would guess doesn't spend much time on history/geography...would not want the masses to be too informed. Yikes...when looking at it from this perspective, one could get depressed....and those who feel secure as government employees...well my angels..better read back on this thread a little bit..you will see the tide beginning to turn in that area..attacks upon government employees describing them as "sucking the life out of everything"....Interesting isn't it. THEY will leave no stone unturned..just in case you think you will escape the garbaaaage.
Lorna D. Rudnikas April 06, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Lord Have Mercy darling, you are so, so sensitive. "Heavens to Betsy" drives you up a wall to point that you would lash out with the "pig headed" description. Your frustration knows no bounds, darling.
Chris W April 07, 2013 at 05:14 AM
If he posts a link to mother jones we will know fore sure.
1ke April 07, 2013 at 11:30 AM
If, in fact, he is focused enough to have actually sat down and read something, we will know. If he is just ADD-balling around, we'll keep guessing and send him to B.O.'s Bar and Grill.
Just a guy April 07, 2013 at 12:02 PM
I didn't have a coronary, I simply told her, (not for the first time), that I find her choice of words, and tone, to be dismissive and condescending. And yes, I am more liberal than todays "republicans". But I do like clean air, clean water, a person and their doctor making decisions on health care, (not the government... Abortion in particular, I believe it should be legal, available, and a LOT less of them...) I think that large corporations in general do what's good for the corporation, usually putting the public at risk. Exxon Mobil knew that the pipeline that burst in AR, was defective. You would think that for a corporation that's making $125 million a DAY would fix it without having to be forced by the failure. But no, it's about corporate greed. BP was aware of the problems of deep water Horizon, yet did nothing. But they do spend multi millions buying politicians so it doesn't change. And they get tax breaks too. Large corporations always expect workers to do more work, for less pay while profits rise...
Just a guy April 07, 2013 at 12:02 PM
The health insurance industry is pretty much evil. I've had to fight with Blue Cross on several occasions to get them to pay for services that are clearly covered, but they deny... They have NO incentive to control health care costs. We, as a nation pay almost twice as much for health care, yet are lagging the world in outcomes, child mortality, but leading in obesity, and diabetes. Banking? the repeal of Glass Steagall set up large banks to gamble in stocks, housing, and hedge funds, leveraged buyouts, and other schemes. They were crooks and we lost (but they got bailed out and got bonuses...) So yes we need government, But we have to pay for it. We have historically low tax rates on the very wealthy, and are killing the middle class.
amark April 07, 2013 at 01:06 PM
No what's evil Guy is up to 7 million people may lose their healthcare under Obamacare according to the CBO. Also we have the highest corporate tax in the world. Owe'malley raises taxes 30 something times in this state, Obama just raised them on the "rich" and wants to do so again and I hear this from liberals about the US having these low tax rates on the rich. Do you have any non partisan analysis that shows this?
amark April 07, 2013 at 01:10 PM
You ever read Lorna's posts? She calls everyone honeychild. Ok, so you're a liberal, I get it. I was just saying you called yourself a right of center republican in an earlier post and that was false. It would be like me saying I was a liberal democrat and you would know it was not true by reading my comments.
Just a guy April 07, 2013 at 01:47 PM
There ya go, misinformation, half truths, and plain lies. The President does't raise taxes on ANYBODY. What happened was the EXPIRATION of the BUSH tax cuts. Nothing more. And as far as the corporate tax rate, while the marginal rate may be high, NOBODY PAYS that. You need to look at the EFFECTIVE tax rate. which is historically low.. Thanks to bought and paid for representation, the tax code is nothing by loopholes, and give backs. While some businesses will cut health care, more than 25 million will be brought into the system. Health care insurers will love the new customers, Lot's more profit.... The insured risk pool will larger. The previously uninsured will not have to use the emergency rooms as primary care, (the most expensive and least effective), and the establishment of exchanges may lower costs of insurance for everyone. What exactly is your problem with it?
Just a guy April 07, 2013 at 01:51 PM
So because she is rude and condescending to everyone, that makes it ok? She offers nothing except that. She has no ideas. As far as I can tell, she doesn't have a thought. She just moans and derides and says I know better...
Lorna D. Rudnikas April 07, 2013 at 04:39 PM
and Just a guy says..."So because she is rude and condescending to everyone, that makes it ok?......" On the contrare I do not moan and groan...but what I do do is call you and others on it when I disagree..not with the right to ideas, but the derogatory remarks and miserable insinuations. Calling you honey child is a "put down" in your book..but don't worry ye of like thoughts feel much the same.Perhaps if I really whine and rant and rave in four syllable words you might not be so adverse. From my perspective, LOGIC is a five letter word I really can understand and promote in conversation..positive thought, solutions, recognition and reasoning. Name calling, put downs, anti this and anti that, nanny state, controlling government words that promoting negativity I have little patience with. Sadly I get the distinct message that if one is center or a little right there of, one is immediately labeled old, useless, nutters, looney, sucking the life out of the country, and if you dare respond with polite terms such a honey child and darling, you get another label..condescending.. .absolutely fascinating! And so, my thought process and answers lean more to Promote and be proud of all that we are, work together to fix our problems..or just go sit in a corner and wait it out...but definite don't try to undermine.
amark April 07, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Well Guy, you are playing word games. The expiration of the tax cuts, which had been in place for 10 years is a tax increase plain and simple. It's like how Owe'malley claims he's cut spending even though the budget increases every year. Also you have offered no information on how the effective tax rates are supposedly so low. Obviously there are tons of loopholes which is why the tax code is so difficult to comply with but different people pay different rates depending on which of those they qualify for. As for Obamacare it is a disaster. Adding 30 million or so people to the insurance pool with no increase in doctors will lower quality, increase wait time and cause doctors to refuse patients, among other things. My company suddenly dropped all of our plans two years ago and offered us 2 Aetna options, plan A and B. They gave us some BS about healthcare costs increasing, but it is obvious it was because of Obamacare, the year after it was passed. But I'm glad you're happy with it.
Just a guy April 07, 2013 at 06:38 PM
So letting a stupid, really costly, (added 5 trillion $ to the debt), ill advised, tax cut expire, is a tax increase? Shades of Grover Norquist... Lorna, 15 lines and not one idea, or position. I rest my case.
1ke April 07, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Cited by The Economist based on statistics from KPMG: http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/10/focus-4 But, Brit libbies are the worst kind, eh?
Lorna D. Rudnikas April 07, 2013 at 08:35 PM
You can rest anything you want darling...my response was very specific to your little ole reference to "old, dead white men." I think my position is clear throughout this thread.. pro-American/ American citizens/ against illegal immigration/ pro-safe guard our borders/ for the 2nd Amendment and 4th Amendment/ against Nanny State/ against spending huge sums of money on Egypt/ against playing footsie with the North Koreans/ for birth control/ against infanticide/ ....these are my positions..unless I can be convinced otherwise. Looks like you have not paid much attention to this and other threads in which I have clearly stated my position. The only problem is that my use of the terms honey child and darling drives folks like you in to a meltdown...with that I rest my case, honey child!!!
Lorna D. Rudnikas April 07, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Well Just a guy...perhaps I should add...if you at any time present positive ideas regarding how we can move our country forward, solve our economic issues in a sensible way, safe guard our borders, not set up a system of immigration with only one thought in mind and that is to secure a huge political base and basically address my concerns without bitching/whining/name calling and throwing "tired, old white men" to the wolves...that would be a good thing...oh, oh, and don't get sensitive about the way I express myself...take it to heart as just little old southern terms of endearment...that oughta get things on a roll.
RW Willy April 07, 2013 at 11:11 PM
How do I unsubscribe to this crap?
Evets April 07, 2013 at 11:16 PM
If by "this crap," you mean this article, go to your profile page, on the left you will find MORE STUFF, below that is Following. Click on that and you stop following any article you wish.
FIFA April 07, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I would recommend you ask Lorna to stop typing? Please? Pretty Please?
Other Tim April 07, 2013 at 11:58 PM
"Gun Bills Top O'Malley Legislative Priorities" When was the last comment that had anything to do with this subject?
Lorna D. Rudnikas April 08, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Why La FIFA...am I getting on your iddy, biddy nerveeees? Hope so!!!

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