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Maryland Senate overrides veto of long gun background checks

The Senate voted 31-16 on Tuesday to override Governor Hogan's veto.
Long Guns
Posted at 2:32 AM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 02:32:27-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a measure to require background checks on rifle and shotgun sales in the state.

The Senate voted 31-16 on Tuesday to override the Republican governor's veto. The House still would need to override the veto for the measure to become law.

Under current Maryland law, sales of rifles and shotguns by unlicensed sellers do not require a background check. Supporters of the legislation say that makes it too easy for those who are legally prohibited from having guns to obtain them from unlicensed sellers through sales arranged online or at guns shows.