ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A gun-control measure in Maryland is drawing large crowds of supporters and opponents.
Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is pushing for the bill, spoke Friday in front of the Maryland State House to supporters of tighter gun laws.
Mosi Harrington, of Hyattsville, says six students have been killed in six months in Prince George’s County by gun violence. She says the measure is a step forward in stopping violence.
Across the street, opponents filled an office building for the House of Delegates, where the bill is getting a hearing a day after the Senate approved it. The measure includes a fingerprinting requirement for handgun buyers intended to reduce the number of guns purchased by a friend or family member of someone who is not allowed to own a gun.
Doug Bigelow, of Hagerstown, said he came to Annapolis to speak out for his Second Amendment rights. He says he lives in a rural area and wants to be able to defend himself if necessary.
The large crowds have forced the Maryland Capitol Police to close Bladen Street and College Avenue beginning at 8 a.m. and the roads are expected to remain closed for most of the day. The police also are advising motorists to be prepared for traffic congestion and delays.
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