Gun control debate: O’Malley to testify

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Gov. Martin O’Malley will testify Wednesday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on a comprehensive gun-control measure he is backing this year.

O’Malley, a Democrat, wants to ban assault weapons and create stricter licensing requirements for handguns.

There are differing views on gun control in Maryland.

On Tuesday, women members of the Maryland House Republican Caucus issued a statement expressing their concerns.

Delegate Addie Eckardt, a Republican who represents the Eastern Shore, says more need to be done to support early intervention and mental health assistance services.

In a debate, members of the caucus said they don’t want to “demonize law-abiding citizens” over firearms and public safety.

WTOP’s Kate Ryan contributed to this report. Follow @KateRyanWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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