A former Howard County fire officer is suing in federal court to get his job back, alleging that the county violated his constitutional rights by firing him for his personal Facebook posts and responses involving gun control, free speech, "liberal" politics and remarks the county considered racially insensitive.
Founded on $1.2 million in state funding provided under the gun-control legislation that took effect this month, new Maryland center aims to target psychosis in a fresh way: By identifying it in the earliest stages and providing support before symptoms can spiral out of control.
Maryland gun dealers have sold more firearms in the first nine months of this year than in all of 2011 and 2012 combined, the state police said Wednesday. Buyers have applied to purchase 117,009 guns this year as state lawmakers debated and enacted some of the toughest new gun laws in the country.
Attorneys for the state argued Monday that Maryland's sweeping new gun law should take effect Tuesday as planned, telling a federal court that the gun-rights advocates seeking to halt it should have lodged their objections months ago.
It won't matter if you're obeying every other traffic law: Starting Tuesday, if you're talking on a hand-held mobile phone while driving in Maryland, the police will have the right to pull you over and ticket you.
Gun rights advocates said Thursday that they had filed a federal lawsuit to block Maryland's new gun-control laws from going into effect next week, arguing restrictions on assault weapons and large magazines infringe on their constitutional rights.
By By Erin Cox and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun
Dale Bowman, 71, who has owned his Darlington gun shop for nearly two decades, said Maryland's latest wave of gun control laws, set to go into effect Oct. 1, will push his normally faithful clientele to out-of-state shops. He said Maryland's stricter gun control laws may impact his businesses' economic security.
As Baltimore County police replace nearly 2,000 service weapons, they won't allow the old ones to be sold in gun shops — a decision that will prevent firearms from entering the open market but could triple the agency's cost.
Marylanders have been rushing to buy guns at the rate of 1,000 a day over the past two weeks, hastening the pace of an unprecedented surge in gun sales. More than 102,000 gun purchase applications have been submitted so far this year — twice the number for all of 2011, Maryland state police said Monday.
Maryland's gun laws are widely considered tougher than those of neighboring Virginia, but they would not have stopped the Navy Yard shooter from buying a shotgun and walking it out of a store the same day.
Speaking outside a steakhouse in Bethesda on Wednesday where he met with Maryland business owners, Texas Gov. Rick Perry dismissed criticism of his visit to a gun manufacturer days after a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
Radio advertisements praising Maryland's new gun law will begin airing in the Baltimore area this week, advocates said, and two prominent area Democrats will lend their voices to supporting the campaign.