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Fri February 22, 2013

MD Gun Control and Death Penalty Repeal Bills Make Progress

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Gun Control

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate committee has approved a sweeping gun-control measure.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 late Thursday night in favor of the bill, which is a top priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda. The vote sends the legislation to the full Senate for debate next week.

In one of the biggest changes, the legislation would prohibit someone from owning a handgun if he or she has been involuntarily committed for mental health reasons.

The committee wrangled over how to address gun ownership for people who are voluntarily committed. But they did not arrive at a consensus to change the current law, which prohibits them from owning a gun if they were voluntarily in a mental hospital for more than 30 days.

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Death Penalty

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state Senate committee has passed a bill that would repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

The measure passed the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in a 6-5 vote with amendments on Thursday.

The bill now moves to the full Senate floor, where it also expected to pass.