Democrat Anthony G. Brown's latest attack ad takes aim at Republican Larry Hogan's opposition to Maryland's new ban on the sale of military-style assault rifles.
The 30-second spot juxtaposes an assault rifle beside footage of empty swings, children playing outside, a grocery store and an office. The images are set to ominous music and a bass line that resembles a heartbeat, which stops thumping at the sound of a bullet being loaded into a chamber.
"Assault weapons don’t belong in Maryland," the narrator concludes. "And neither do Larry Hogan’s dangerous ideas."
Maryland passed some of the strictest gun laws in the country in 2013, banning the sale of such rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, plus requiring handgun buyers to give fingerprints to police and obtain a license.
Brown's latest attack ad, which aides said will air in Baltimore and D.C. markets, emphasizes that Hogan would allow assault-style rifles on the street, in public, and that Hogan opposed "common-sense" background checks.
Hogan has said that he opposes the new law, but that he would not work to repeal it if elected governor. Hogan supports the federal system of background checks, but has objected to the new law, which has more stringent requirements to buy handguns.
Hogan's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.