Stephen Paddock

Guns and Annapolis

Guns and Annapolis

Our view: Maryland doesn’t need bump stocks — or backdoor efforts to loosen handgun restrictions

If there is a piece of legislation that deserves unanimous consent in the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session, it must surely be the proposal to ban “bump stocks,” the device that allows a user to turn a semiautomatic rifle into the equivalent of an automatic weapon. Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock had a dozen of them that he used for his rapid-fire assault that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Despite calls by Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike in the days after the Nevada massacre that bump stocks be...

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