Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s ambitious gun-control package would require citizens who move to the state to register guns purchased elsewhere and make it illegal for residents younger than 21 to purchase or own registered firearms or ammunition.
Those restrictions were among new details the governor and his staff released at a news conference Friday as they put the final touches on several gun-control measures that have gained national attention as some of the most aggressive outside of President Obama’s proposals in the wake of last month’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
O’Malley (D) will seek a broad assault-weapons ban, new licensing requirements for gun owners and a proposed expansion of reporting mental-health problems to get guns out of the hands of those considered dangerous to others. The details of the governor’s plan were first reported Monday in The Washington Post.
When asked by a reporter, O’Malley said he was also open to discussions with lawmakers about stationing more armed police officers in Maryland public schools — the response, pushed by the National Rifle Association, to public outcry over mass shootings.