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Hogan ignores Md. gun safety failures

Banning bump stocks, the device that the Las Vegas shooter used to effectively convert semi-automatic assault weapons into fully automatic machine guns, and a plan to dismantle a too-lenient Handgun Permit Review Board are gun safety proposals now being debated in Annapolis.
Banning bump stocks, the device that the Las Vegas shooter used to effectively convert semi-automatic assault weapons into fully automatic machine guns, and a plan to dismantle a too-lenient Handgun Permit Review Board are gun safety proposals now being debated in Annapolis. (John Locher / AP)

"Neither is very serious" is the outrageous way Gov. Larry Hogan recently described two extremely worthy gun safety bills being debated in the Maryland General Assembly (“Maryland Democrats unveil 2 bills on gun laws,” Feb. 1). One of them would ban bump stocks and the other proposes to eliminate the Handgun Permit Review Board.

The handgun board has been stacked with Hogan appointees who frequently overturn denials of handgun permits, allowing people who should not be trusted with a gun to be allowed a permit. The change would transfer that review task to judges in the Office of Administrative Hearings who have a deep and first-hand knowledge of the impact of guns in the hands of the "bad guys."

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Governor Hogan, the lives of my family and others are very, very serious to me. I urge the legislature to pass both these bills and the governor to sign them and help reduce gun violence in our neighborhoods.

Roslyn Zinner, Columbia

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