Opponents Flood House Gun Control Hearing

Opponents of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun control plan outnumbered advocates 40-to-1 at a hearing many lawmakers called the longest they had ever seen.

Two House committees began the hearing around 12:15 p.m. Friday and listened to testimony until 3:45 a.m. on Saturday. The Senate passed gun control legislation Thursday.

While about 300 people showed up for a rally in support of House Bill 294, more than 1,300 signed up to testify against the bill. Just 34 signed up to testify for the bill, said Del. Peter Hammen, D-Baltimore City, chair of the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

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