James Brochin

House, Senate negotiators deadlock on bill banning guns on Maryland college campuses

House, Senate negotiators deadlock on bill banning guns on Maryland college campuses

A group of lawmakers charged with hammering out a compromise on a bill to ban the carrying of guns on college campuses deadlocked Monday over whether to make a violation of the law a criminal offense or a civil one.

The measure is the most significant gun-control proposal that the General Assembly has taken up this year. But a conference committee of three senators and three delegates failed to agree after a brief meeting on Monday. The negotiators later arrived at a deal but with did not have time to bring the measure to final votes on the floor.

A conference committee is appointed when the two chambers can't agree on a bill and they have broad authority to make changes to...

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