Congress has brought the nation once again up against a deadline to fund the federal government or shut it down. Unless lawmakers strike a deal, federal employees will be sent home when they arrive at work on Tuesday and government services will be suspended. Here's a look at how shutdown would affect you:
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
When Tamber's restaurant in Charles Village opened a racy bar called The Den upstairs several years ago, the community was up in arms and City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke went on the warpath to shut the bar down. Now, Tamber's wants to expand the restaurant and Clarke once again is fighting it. This time, however, the community supports Tamber's.
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.
Homeless families in Baltimore have filed a federal lawsuit against the city school system, contending that their children have been denied transportation to school and been stigmatized because they couldn't afford field trips and uniforms.
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.
Annapolis voters will start the process of selecting a mayor and city council to serve for the next four years on Tuesday with a primary election. The primary features five people running for the seat currently held by Mayor Josh Cohen: Democrats Cohen and Bevin Buchheister and Republicans Frank Bradley, Bob O'Shea and Mike Pantelides.
About 20 police officers from across the state have been enlisted to help the Maryland State Police complete tens of thousands of background checks for gun buyers that have been languishing for several months.
Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday that the state is mustering all necessary resources to complete the tens of thousands of background checks for gun buyers by Oct. 1, when Maryland's new gun law takes effect.