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Lawyers spar over Maryland assault weapon ban in federal court
Lawyers spar over Maryland assault weapon ban in federal court

Lawyers for the state and gun rights advocates debated in federal court Tuesday about the government's power to hem in the Second Amendment to ward off mass shootings. Spectators crammed into a federal courtroom in downtown Baltimore to watch the hearing regarding bans on the sale or sharing of assault rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Those provisions, which took effect in October, were among a package of measures enacted to strengthen Maryland's gun laws after 26 people were killed in an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Matthew Fader, a lawyer from the attorney general's office, told U.S District Judge Catherine C. Blake that the...

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