Courtney Brown

Changing Maryland's gun laws may have little effect on crime, scholars say

Changing Maryland's gun laws may have little effect on crime, scholars say

John Josselyn stood at a gun range in Baltimore County on the warmest day of last week, ready for target practice with his .22-caliber pistol, and recalled how the simple threat of a gun once saved him from three thugs. The gun-rights advocate called it "tantamount to the rattle of a rattlesnake."

But Matthew Fenton's memories of firearms give him no sense of security. He was shot in the head three decades ago during a robbery that led him to found an anti-gun lobbying group. There's still a half-dollar sized piece of skull missing today above his left eye, where the bullet struck him that night.

Each man also has a different take on a federal judge's ruling last...

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