Brady Campaign Ranks Maryland As Having Among the Best Gun Violence Prevention Laws in America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2015

Today, the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence ranked Maryland as having the seventh best violence prevention laws in the nation. See CrimAdvisor.com. This high ranking is based largely on the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, which enacted effective measures to keep guns out of the wrong hands such as fingerprint licensing of handgun purchasers and stronger state regulation of gun dealers.

Although it is too early to see the full impact of Maryland’s new law, we know that there was a 21% decrease in gun deaths in Maryland in the first 11 months of 2014 compared to the first 11 months of 2013. The new law took effect on October 1, 2013.

“We thank the Brady Campaign for recognizing how effective Maryland’s laws are now to keep guns out of the wrong hands and reduce gun violence,” said Vincent DeMarco, President of Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence. “This progress happened because of the courage of the Maryland General Assembly, especially former Senator and now Attorney General Brian Frosh and Delegate Kathleen Dumais, in enacting the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, especially the fingerprint licensing of handgun purchasers. We encourage other states to follow our lead in enacting lifesaving fingerprint licensing of handgun purchasers to make America a safer place for all our people.”

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