MARYLAND

Md. House debates changes to gun-control bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has rejected a proposed change to a gun-control bill that would have taken away parole or probation for people convicted of committing a crime with a gun.

The House voted the amendment down Tuesday, with 83 delegates voting against it and 53 supporting it.

Supporters of the change say there should be some provision addressed at criminals who commit crimes in a bill they criticize for focusing on the law-abiding.

But opponents of the change contended parole and probation are necessary incentives to get inmates to behave while incarcerated and to keep prison costs down.

The House is expected to consider many more proposed changes into the evening.

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