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Gun debate sparks education, advocacy campaigns
Gun debate sparks education, advocacy campaigns

As .223-caliber bullets from an assault-style rifle pinged a torso-shaped target, state Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. videotaped his latest pupil squeezing off rounds from a gun and magazine targeted to be banned in Maryland. "You see why you wouldn't want to reload after 10 rounds?" he asked during a pause in the target practice. The Eastern Shore Republican, twice named legislator of the year by a gun rights group, has over the years put an assault-style weapon into the hands of more than a dozen lawmakers on a private shooting range, hoping they will vote for gun rights if they are more familiar with firearms. "I was born for this one," Smigiel said of the...

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