Maryland lawmakers expect discussion of gun laws
Maryland lawmakers who lead the committees that shepherded through last year’s gun-control legislation said Sunday that they are carefully studying Saturday’s shooting to learn what might have prevented it. Once that is learned, there could be legislation introduced to further tighten the law – but they said that it’s still too early to know.
“I don’t know what the motive was,” said Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery) who heads the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “I don’t know what the mechanism was. I don’t know if the person was mentally ill… I don’t know if this was a domestic dispute. There are lots of things that might have prevented it, but I don’t know enough about it.”
Frosh added that last year’s legislation, while expansive, will not prevent every act of violence in Maryland, and lawmakers could find that new legislation is not be warranted in this case.
“We passed a bill last year that will address thousands of situations but it won’t cover every one,” he said.
Del. Kathleen M. Dumais (D-Montgomery) agreed and said: “We’ve got some pretty tough gun laws.”
There will likely be a lot of discussion of the shooting in Annapolis this week, said Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr. (D-Prince George’s), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He also expects discussion about the laws surrounding shotguns, which generally have fewer restrictions than handguns.
“It’s too early, but I’m sure there will be something,” he said. “We call it ‘Sixty Minutes’ legislation – something happens and legislation is introduced.”