Yesterday, Gov. Martin O’Malley laid out several points of a gun control plan that, if passed, would make Maryland one of the strictest gun-law states in the country.
As one might expect, the plan includes a “ban on the sale of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines” — two issues that have received particular attention since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., which used both. But the point that could get some gun owners fuming is the fingerprinting of all handgun owners, who will only be licensed after passing a training course.
The plan also veers toward the holistic, with the promise of a “comprehensive” package that would address school security and the treatment of mental illness, in addition to the conventional gun-control measures.
To the libertarian ear, the fingerprinting provision probably sounds a rather shrill note, but the fact that there are no safety requirements for handgun ownership already on the books absolutely blows my mind. In the words of O’Malley’s chief legislative officer, “People can walk out of the store not necessarily knowing where the safety is.”
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