Maryland, Connecticut pass assault weapon bans, magazine limits; Beretta weighing options

Add Connecticut and Maryland to the list of states beating the federal government in the rush to pass gun control legislation. An assault weapon ban and a 10-round magazine limit are headed to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s desk for his signature after the Maryland Senate passed the bill earlier today. The legislation also requires gun owners to be fingerprinted and licensed — one of the major sticking points with opponents.

Maryland closely follows Connecticut, where Gov. Dan Malloy today signed similar restrictions into law.

Vice President Joe “Buy a Shotgun” Biden might have shared his appreciation, but not everyone was so thankful for the government’s “protection.”

Firearms manufacturer Beretta says it’s waiting to see the final, signed legislation before commenting on its future in Maryland.

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