Cumberland Times-News

May 8, 2013

Attorney general: Gun-control bill constitutional

Brian Witte
Associated Press

— ANNAPOLIS —  A sweeping gun-control bill passed in Maryland this year is constitutional and legally defensible, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Wednesday.

The attorney general’s office released a 25-page letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley that examines the constitutionality of the bill, which O’Malley proposed this year as a top legislative priority.

In the letter, Gansler said the measure was crafted carefully to balance the rights of legitimate gun owners with the need for increased public and law enforcement safety from gun violence.

The measure will require people who buy a handgun to submit fingerprints to state police. It also bans 45 types of assault weapons, although people who own them now will be allowed to keep them.

It also limits gun magazines to 10 bullets.