The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a gun-control bill put forth by Governor Martin O’Malley.
On Wednesday, the House voted 78-61 in favor of the measure.
This new legislation has several changes from the bill the Senate passed over one month ago.
The two chambers will now need to iron out the differences before the General Assembly adjourns on Monday at midnight.
Even so, the House and Senate mostly agree on the key components of the bill. The new measure:
– Bans over 40 assault-style weapons
– Limits magazine capacity to 10 bullets
– Requires fingerprinting and licenses to buy firearms
– Prohibits mental health patients who are voluntarily committed for 30 consecutive days from purchasing firearms
Governor O’Malley proposed the new measure in the wake of December’s massacre at a Newtown Elementary School in Connecticut, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults before killing himself.