ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Capitol Police say thousands are expected to attend gun control rallies in Annapolis.
And police say that is prompting them to close some streets around the State House on Friday.
Police say Bladen Street and College Avenue will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. and are expected to remain closed for most of the day. And they are advising motorists to be prepared for traffic congestion and delays.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to keep one of the most controversial parts of a gun-control bill - a licensing provision for handguns that would require owners to submit fingerprints.
The Senate rejected an amendment on Wednesday that would have taken the licensing part out of the bill on a 20-27 vote.
Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, says the provision will sharply reduce the number of guns that end up in the hands of criminals by making it far less likely for people to buy guns for them when they are prohibited from owning the weapons.
The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a gun-control measure supported by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.
The bill is set to come before the heavily Democratic chamber on Tuesday, but it's unclear when senators will vote.
Opponents who say the measure violates Second Amendment rights have pledged to seek a variety of amendments. Supporters say it will give Maryland some of the strongest laws in the nation to help prevent gun violence.