Accidental Child Shootings and Gun Safety

Feb 3, 2016 ABC 2 WMAR Baltimore A 4-year-old boy fatally shot himself in the head over the weekend, prompting ABC2 In Focus to take a look at accidental child shootings and gun safety. According to gun control advocacy group Everytown , there were about 265 accidental child shootings in the U.S. in 2015 – 83 of those were deadly. Maryland has child access prevention laws when it comes to firearms. Any gun owner is required lock up their firearms around children under the age of 16. Watch the video for the full story featuring Jen Pauliukonis, Legislative Director for Marylanders to...

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Help other states enact life-saving gun laws like ours

November 3, 2015 In Maryland, we can count on our leaders to fight for proven policies that will reduce gun violence. The Firearms Safety Act of 2013 includes the key requirement that handgun purchasers must first go through a fingerprint-based background check and safety training and get a license from the state police. Studies from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research have shown that this type of licensing will greatly reduce gun homicides and gun suicides. Unfortunately, Maryland is not an island, and to keep illegal guns out of our state, we must work toward passing...

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Statement on the Death of Sarah Brady

BY VINCENT DEMARCO NATIONAL COORDINATOR, FAITHS UNITED TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE April 4, 2015    The nation owes a deep debt of gratitude to Sarah Brady for helping us enact life-saving gun violence prevention laws. We will sorely miss Sarah and Jim Brady but their commitment and hard work will continue to inspire us to finish the work they started to make America safe from gun...

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Federal appeals court will hear challenge to Md. assault weapons ban

by Jenna Portnoy Washington Post RICHMOND — Lawyers for the state of Maryland and gun rights advocates squared off in federal appeals court on Wednesday over the constitutionality of Maryland’s 2013 ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The law, passed months after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., was challenged in court by a group of gun stores, gun-ownership organizations and individuals. They argue that the ban on commonly owned guns violates their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Proponents of the law say the prohibited firearms are disproportionately used in...

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Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence Informing Voters in Legislative District 9B On How Candidates Stand on Life-Saving Fingerprint Licensing of Handgun Purchasers

October 26, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO MARYLAND MEDIA Contact Vincent DeMarco , 410-591-9162 Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence Informing Voters in Legislative District 9B On How Candidates Stand on Life-Saving Fingerprint Licensing of Handgun Purchasers This weekend, Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence, Inc. (MPGV) sent out the attached mailing to voters in Legislative District 9B informing them about how the canidiates for Delegate in that district stand on Maryland’s new life-saving requirement that handgun purchasers first get a fingerprint based background check and license...

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Guest commentary: Md. firearms law is saving lives

Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence, asked to respond to last week’s series on Gun Wars because he felt it did not fully describe the progress made by the Firearms Safety Act passed last year. In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed and Governor O’Malley signed into law a landmark new gun violence prevention measure, the Firearms Safety Act, which is already saving lives in our state. We believe it should be a model for the nation. Just this month a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the gun lobby to overturn the law’s ban on assault weapons...

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