The Common Good

O'Malley promises gun control legislation in Md.

Date: January 14, 2013

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday he will propose a ban on military-style assault weapons and stricter licensing requirements as part of a sweeping package of legislation aimed at preventing school violence.

O'Malley detailed his plan at a summit on reducing gun violence, where New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg also urged reforms on a federal level, including tougher background checks.

Vincent DeMarco, the national coordinator of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, said he hoped the governor would include a requirement that gun buyers submit fingerprints to state police.

O'Malley also said he wants to improve the state's mental health services as a way to prevent violence, and set aside money in the state's capital schools budget for school safety.