O’Malley Announces Comprehensive Plan to Thwart Md. Gun Violence
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC) - Gov. Martin O’Malley unveiled an outlined plan of reforms aimed at tackling the issue of gun violence in the state of Maryland on Monday.
As part of a three-pronged approach to reduce violent crime, O’Malley said he would like to make changes to how Maryland handles gun safety, school safety and mental health.
He announced a plan of action to pass the following gun control measurements in the near future:
- ban military-style assault weapons
- limit large ammunition capacity
- require licenses for handgun purchases
“There’s no easy answer to the complex problem of gun violence,” O’Malley said in a statement. “I’ve spent my entire career as a prosecutor, city councilman, mayor, and now as governor, focused on trying to keep families safe and reduce violent crime.”
Out of respect for hunters and sportsmen in the state, O’Malley said the new gun licensing requirements would not apply to shotguns or rifles.
His plan would require the state to invest in security upgrades for schools, including cameras at entrances, automatically locking doors, and shatterproof glass and buzzer entrance systems.
Also, there will be a “Maryland Center for School Safety,” which would serve to gather data and act as the central hub for collaboration between federal, state and local law enforcement partners.
He’ll also look to improve data sharing practices between federal and state officials in regards to mental health.
“We will invest more to improve mental health services so we can intervene early and reduce the potential for violent behavior,” O’Malley said. “We’ll expand crisis intervention teams, expand response services and establish a center for excellence on early intervention for serious mental illness.”
The announcement of these reforms came after the first leg of a two-day summit on reducing gun violence held in Baltimore. The summit is being held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is being led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
It began one month after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.