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"Momsrising" Embraces Maryland Gun Law

Photo: Momsrising celebrates new Maryland gun law.(Members shown here delivering petitions to the NRA) Photo credit: Momsrising
Photo: Momsrising celebrates new Maryland gun law.(Members shown here delivering petitions to the NRA) Photo credit: Momsrising
May 16, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After watching a string of disappointments from Congress, a national women's grassroots organization is celebrating Maryland's new gun law. Today, Gov. Martin O'Malley signs legislation banning 45 types of assault weapons. It also limits gun magazines to 10 bullets and requires tougher background checks.

Momsrising founder Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner called it a win for families and community safety.

"Maryland is the first state in 20 years to require fingerprinting when you get a gun, which is a wonderful thing," she said.

Critics of the law have said it violates the Second Amendment, and they have promised challenges in court and possibly at the ballot box.

Rowe-Finkbeiner said the law will survive.

"This law is not about taking away anyone's gun," she explained. "It's not retroactive. This law is just meant to make our community safer."

Momsrising has a membership of more than 1 million women across the country. According to Rowe-Finkbeiner, many of the group's members are also part of the National Rifle Association, and they disagree with the NRA's stand against tougher gun laws.

Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD