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2nd challenge to Maryland gun control law filed

By David Dishneau

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 9:26 a.m. MDT

In this Aug. 22, 2013, photo a semi-automatic handgun and a holster are displayed at a North Little Rock, Ark., gun shop. Even as the debate over tightening national gun control laws is rekindled after the latest mass shooting, a growing number of Americans are questioning the federal government’s stewardship of the right to bear arms, according to a poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Danny Johnston, AP

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The state of Maryland faces a second challenge to a gun control law set to take effect Tuesday.

On Friday, a collection of gun shops, firearm associations and people with pending handgun permit applications filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. They're challenging a provision requiring prospective buyers to submit their fingerprints to obtain a handgun qualification license.

The plaintiffs say that because Maryland State Police are already overwhelmed with permit applications, the additional procedures would create an unconstitutional, de facto ban on handgun sales.

Many of the same plaintiffs filed a separate lawsuit Thursday challenging other provisions of the law. They're asking the court to consider both complaints at a hearing Tuesday. The plaintiffs are asking for an order that would temporarily block enforcement.

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