Gun legislation draws supporters, protesters

Sen. Will Smith, D-20, representing Montgomery County, speaks at a rally supporting gun control legislation in Annapolis, Md., on Jan. 31, 2017. Smith supports the legislation which he says will involve quick and easy changes that will have a big impact on the state. (Hannah Klarner/Capital News Service)

by Hannah Klarner
Capital News Service

On Jan. 31, demonstrators and counter-demonstrators were outside the State House in Annapolis, Md., supporting and protesting upcoming legislation relating to gun permits; concealed carry on college campuses; and restrictions for domestic violence offenders getting guns.

Delegate Dereck Davis, a Democrat from Prince George’s County, speaks in front of a statue of Thurgood Marshall. He supports legislation that would increase requirements for background checks and would restrict concealed weapons on college campuses across Maryland.

Tina Delaney from Edgewater holds a sign from Moms Demand Action. She was one of the demonstrators who showed up to support new legislation limiting gun permits, increasing background checks, and prohibiting concealed weapons on college campuses in Maryland.

Brooke Carroll, left, Gaithersburg, and Katherine Richards, Olney.

Two Maryland protesters stand outside the State House, demonstrating against proposed legislation that would restrict gun accessibility and people’s ability to carry a concealed weapon on college campuses.