Final passage on Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping gun bill could come as early as Thursday afternoon.
Senate President Thomas Mike V. Miller told his colleagues the Senate will consider the House's changes this afternoon. Passage there sends O'Malley the bill banning the sale of assault weapons, limiting magazines to 10 bullets and requiring fingerprinting to and a license to buy a handgun license. O'Malley said he will sign it.
The gun-control bill would give Maryland some of the nation's strictest gun laws and already consumed more than 22 hours of floor debate.
The Senate passed a version in February, which the House changed this week. Among other differences, the House voted to include a more narrow definition of an assault weapon, easier ways to buy an assault weapon before the ban takes effect and a requirement for gun owners to report firearms lost or stolen or face penalties.
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