WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Maryland Senate approved a comprehensive gun control bill on Thursday that includes a ban on assault
weapons and fingerprinting for prospective handgun buyers.
The Democratic-controlled Senate passed the bill 28-19 and sent it on to the House of Delegates, according to the chamber’s website.
The bill has a licensing requirement for handgun buyers to submit fingerprints to state police. Gun buyers also have to complete an eight-hour safety training course and undergo a more rigorous background check before purchasing a weapon.
The measure bars anyone who has been involuntarily committed due to mental illness from possessing a firearm. It also bans assault weapons and limits magazine sizes.