BALTIMORE - A federal judge rejected Tuesday a request from gun rights groups who sought to block the implementation of Maryland’s new, more restrictive gun control laws.
The legal showdown during a hearing Tuesday morning between the gun groups and the state came on the same day that Maryland’s new laws went into effect.
Those opposed to the gun laws have concerns over the expanded list of banned weapons, the limits on magazine sizes and the requirement that gun buyers be fingerprinted and licensed prior to taking ownership of a weapon.
While the temporary restraining order was denied, the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake allows a pair of lawsuits to continue.
Officials of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence announced plans to hold a "victory party" at 7 p.m. in Baltimore, to celebrate the law taking effect.
The new laws set of a surge of gun purchases across Maryland as gun buyers sought to purchase soon-to-be banned weapons and purchase additional gun before being required to be fingerprinted and purchase a license.
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