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Md. AG says gun-control bill constitutional

Wednesday - 5/8/2013, 6:05pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says a sweeping gun-control bill passed in Maryland this year is constitutional and legally defensible.

The attorney general's office on Wednesday released a 25-page letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley that examines the constitutionality of the bill, which O'Malley proposed this year as a top legislative priority.

In the letter, Gansler says the measure was crafted carefully to balance the rights of legitimate gun owners with the need for increased public and law enforcement safety from gun violence.

The measure will require people who buy a handgun to submit fingerprints to state police. It also bans 45 types of assault weapons, although people who own them now will be allowed to keep them.

It also limits gun magazines to 10 bullets.

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