ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to make the state's gun laws among the strongest in the nation.
The state Senate voted 28-19 on Thursday for final passage. That sends the bill to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, who proposed it.
With the legislation, Maryland will become the first state in nearly 20 years to require people who buy a handgun to submit fingerprints to state police. Only five other states have a similar requirement: Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.
The Maryland measure also will limit gun magazines to 10 bullets. It will ban 45 types of assault weapons, and people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility won't be able to have a gun.
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