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Brochin has been a friend to the NRA

A federal appeals court has upheld the assault rifle ban Maryland lawmakers passed in 2013, concluding that the powerful military-style guns outlawed by the measure are not entitled to protection under the Second Amendment.

In his recent commentary, Firmin DeBrabander tries to portray state Sen. Jim Brochin as a strong advocate for gun violence prevention when nothing could be further from the truth ("Could the Baltimore County executive race come down to NRA support?" April 5). As the lead advocate for the 2013 Firearm Safety Act, I know first hand that Senator Brochin did everything he could to weaken and defeat that lifesaving law. Yes, Mr. Brochin ultimately voted for the law, but not until he had first sided with the gun lobby and against gun violence prevention advocates on all the really key votes.

Senator Brochin voted for many of the NRA-backed amendments, which would have essentially gutted the law, including the one to eliminate its most important feature — the fingerprint licensing requirement for handgun purchasers. Then, when the gun lobby mounted a filibuster to try to prevent a vote on the measure, the senator voted against the cloture motion to end the debate. This was the key vote where he did the bidding of the gun lobby and made crystal clear that he is their guy.

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After these votes, Mr. Brochin's ultimate vote for the bill was simply window dressing so that he could generate op-eds like Mr. DeBrabander's. Any Baltimore County voter who cares about protecting people from gun violence should think long and hard before voting for Jim Brochin for anything.

Vincent DeMarco, Baltimore

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