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Some Maryland gun control measures passed by state senate

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to accept some changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun-control measure.

The Senate voted 28-19 on Wednesday to accept 19 of 20 amendments made by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee last week.

The Senate decided to consider the other amendment on its own, after it sparked significant debate. That amendment would ban people who have been involuntarily committed from possessing a rifle or shotgun, in addition to a ban on other guns.

Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Cecil, says the amendment goes too far.

But Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, says he doesn't think there's anyone who believes people who are mentally ill and likely to pose a threat to themselves or others ought to have a firearm.

Debate on additional amendments is scheduled to continue Wednesday.

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