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House panels work on gun-control bill

Friday - 3/29/2013, 6:50pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Two panels in the Maryland House of Delegates have been working all afternoon on major gun-control legislation backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Health and Government Operations Committee spent much of Friday debating and rejecting changes supported by Republican lawmakers.

One change the GOP sought would have made enabled people to take a new gun-safety course that will be required online, instead of in person.

The debate has drawn a large crowd of opponents, who are watching the proceedings from a nearby overflow room.

Lawmakers on the two panels are moving toward a vote on the bill sometime this evening, but it's unclear when that will happen.

The measure already has passed the state Senate.

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