Robert A. Zirkin

Maryland's strict gun laws could not prevent Capital Gazette shooting, spurring talk of changes

Maryland's strict gun laws could not prevent Capital Gazette shooting, spurring talk of changes

Although Maryland has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, none could have prevented the massacre of five people in The Capital newsroom Thursday, policymakers said.

The weapon used in the attack has been described by police as a pump-action shotgun. While “long guns” like shotguns and rifles are less tightly regulated than handguns, a purchaser nonetheless must undergo a criminal background check to buy one from a dealer, as Jarrod W. Ramos did. But Ramos was never convicted of a crime serious enough to bar such a purchase.

He pleaded...

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