In a hearing that many lawmakers say was the longest of their career, two committees of the Maryland House of Delegates continued to hold a hearing early Saturday on Governor Martin O’Malley’s gun control bill.
The hearing of the House Judiciary and House Health and Government Operations Committees started just after noon on Friday. It ended at 3:45 this morning.
Baltimore City Delegate Peter Hammen told his colleagues that more than 1,300 people signed up to testify. All but 34 of the people who signed up opposed the bill. Hammen told lawmakers that he felt the final number of witnesses to testify would only be around 500, as many people who signed up to testify left Annapolis as the hearing continued into the night.