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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 17, 2013
Local law-enforcement officials Thursday did not agree on every point, but all supported some of the gun safety measures proposed by President Obama on Wednesday. Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight Jr. and Hancock Police Chief  T.J. Buskirk supported the president's proposal to limit the number of rounds in a magazine. “From a law enforcement perspective, having a magazine that would hold 30 rounds poses police officers a greater sense of danger if we have to face them,” Knight said.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | April 28, 1999
President Clinton's Tuesday proposal to expand gun control in the wake of the April 20 school shootings in Littleton, Colo., have sparked strong reactions from supporters and opponents of stronger gun laws. [cont. from front page ] "It's an exercise in futility. It's going to accomplish nothing," said Paul G.H. Wolber, Maryland director of the Izaak Walton League and past president of the Washington County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. "They don't enforce the laws we have now. " Advocates said tighter restrictions on gun ownership will cut down on murders.
NEWS
By Bill Anderson | July 20, 2008
This past week, I watched with great interest as Dick Heller, the man who was responsible for the Supreme Court ruling ending the District of Columbia handgun ban, started the process of legally registering his handgun in Washington. This process will eventually allow him to have the handgun in his home to be used for self-protection. The gun he is registering is an old .22 revolver. Under the new law, a semi-automatic handgun is still illegal. Heller said he also owns a Colt .45 autoloader (Model 1911, the standard U.S. military service weapon for more than 50 years)
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | January 7, 2013
Gun control could be at the forefront of the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., last month, and Hagerstown resident Virginia Fennel said it should be. “They need some kind of laws or legislation to protect people,” she said. “Why do people need assault rifles?” Fennel, 68, said she believes gun control should be one of the first issues addressed  during the General Assembly session that begins Wednesday. She also talked about the importance of financial stability and regulating the expansion of gambling for the state.
OPINION
January 3, 2013
Krauthammer paints gun control as hopeless To the editor: On Sunday, Dec. 23, I sent a letter to the editor advocating gun control. My wife asked if the paper would give more space to a subject that had already been addressed. Evidently they would, because later I saw they ran an op-ed Dec. 23 by Charles Krauthammer well over twice as long as my piece that basically said gun control won't work. If a person is what he/she eats, a newspaper is what it publishes. My letter imagined what the slain children at Newtown might say about gun control if they could speak.
NEWS
BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | December 21, 2012
The National Rifle Association on Friday called for armed police at every school, but some Washington county residents and officials said the NRA's suggestion might not be useful when it comes to mass shootings. Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's vice president, said at a Washington, D.C., press conference Friday that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” But Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore said the idea of armed guards at schools wasn't going to work.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 23, 2013
Sam Fenati sees the push by some politicians for more gun control regulations as something more.  “It's not about gun control,” said Fenati while holding a “Don't Tread on Me” flag aloft for motorists passing by his position along Washington Street in Hagerstown to see. “It's about control.” Fenati said he drove about 60 miles from his home in Damascus, Md., to take part in the Western Maryland “Day of Resistance” rally in...
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2012
A gun-rights advocate, local law-enforcement officials and a community activist said it would be a knee-jerk reaction to call for stricter gun-control laws following a Friday morning shooting that killed at least 12 people and left more than 50 others wounded in a Colorado movie theater. Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said people often blame easy gun access when a fatal shooting occurs such as the one during the screening of a Batman movie shortly after midnight Friday in Aurora, Colo.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | April 16, 2007
HAGERSTOWN Students at Hagerstown Community College gathered in front of television sets across campus Monday afternoon and watched live coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings that left more than 30 people dead. Sophomore Robert Green said he feels safe on the HCC campus, but something more has to be done about gun control. "It seems people aren't responsible enough to own guns, especially with people shooting students who've done nothing wrong," he said. Green's friend, Long Vo, a sophomore, said stricter gun control won't make a difference.
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OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | June 9, 2013
I recently wrote a column about the U.S. Constitution, and 750 words is not enough to explore the nuances of this ageless document. In my marketing class at Hagerstown Community College/Grace Academy (it's a dual credit class; students get both high school and college credit for the course), we were talking about the ethical and moral responsibilities of citizens in relation to marketing. However, talk turned to ethical and moral responsibilities of citizens when it comes to things like our rights and freedoms under the U.S. Constitution.
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OPINION
May 26, 2013
Teaching students Japanese is worthwhile To the editor: A caller to Mail Call recently expressed the opinion that teaching Japanese is a waste of time. I have to disagree with that assessment and instead point out that we are fortunate to offer students the opportunity to study Japanese here in Washington County.  The goal of education is not to walk away with a bag of tools; it's to walk away with the knowledge of how to use all the tools we acquire, both in and out of the classroom.
OPINION
May 2, 2013
Washington County lawmaker Christopher Shank moved to the Maryland Senate from the House of Delegates, where he had a well-earned reputation as a partisan bomb thrower. Shank maintained that he was just doing his job in his role with the minority leadership. But whatever the reason, this act didn't play well among the Annapolis majority leaders who, like them or not, decide who wins and who loses in the state capital. The results were self-evident. Shank struggled to pass bills and his grandstanding against state budgets - and his loud votes against them - gave the state leadership no reason to grant many Washington County funding requests.
NEWS
April 19, 2013
“Drag racing on Sharpsburg Pike: You young people, beware. You might think it's fun, but it is a deadly game. Police were called, but were too busy to respond.” - Williamsport “This is for Hagerstown, who gives kudos to the Connecticut legislature for their strong gun control laws. Why do you defy the data? Where there is strong gun control, the crime rate goes up. Check with Chicago, Washington, D.C., Great Britain and Australia. Then check the crime rate where there is little gun control.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
The Maryland House of Delegates approved a major gun control measure Wednesday banning assault weapons, requiring people who buy handguns to provide their fingerprints and limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets. The House voted 78-61 for the bill, one of Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley's priorities for the legislative session scheduled to end Monday at midnight. All five Washington County delegates voted against the bill. Some called the bill a de facto ban on handguns, while one local legislator said the piece of legislation is one among several that he might try and put on a referendum in the 2014 elections.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | March 11, 2013
Jefferson County Democrat Stephen Skinner was one of only four members of the West Virginia House of Delegates - all Democrats - who voted against a bill calling for the repeal of local gun control laws. The bill passed the House 94-4 with two members absent. Democrats siding with Skinner in opposition were three delegates who represent the city of Charleston, W.Va. Gun control laws in Martinsburg, W.Va., which ban guns on city-owned property, are similar to those of three other West Virginia cities the bill would affect.
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