Schaefer backed on gun proposal


WASHINGTON -- Gov. William Donald Schaefer received some support yesterday from fellow chief executives for his plan to ban assault weapons at the state and federal level, although officials acknowledge that the controversial proposal will have a difficult time passing the National Governors' Association.

Mr. Schaefer, who has introduced legislation in Maryland that would ban assault weapons, picked up endorsements on his nationwide plan from Govs. James J. Florio of New Jersey, George A. Sinner of North Dakota and John Waihee III of Hawaii.

The Schaefer proposal, introduced on the final day of the National Governors' Association winter meeting, calls upon the governors to work in their states to restrict assault weapons.

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