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Maryland lawmakers propose gun legislation

Sunday - 12/30/2012, 8:07am  ET

WASHINGTON - Maryland state legislators have begun pushing for police in schools, even as they propose laws to eliminate assault weapons.

According to an article published in The Gazette, John Cluster Jr. (R-Dist. 8), a Baltimore County delegate, is pushing for legislation that places police officers in every public school in the state.

Cluster says the officers could act as good role models for students in the schools they serve. He submitted his plan as emergency legislation so it could take effect as soon as February.

The same article details that a group of state senators from Montgomery County and Baltimore city proposed a law to ban assault weapons and high-volume magazine clips in Maryland.

Cluster says he's skeptical of the proposal that would ban assault weapons because he doesn't feel it will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park, one of the law makers behind the gun control package, disagrees. However, he does think that increase police presence in schools could be an effective temporary measure.

For more information on the pending legislation, read the full article.

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