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Maryland's gun control law challenged in Baltimore federal court

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. District Court in Baltimore has ordered a hearing Tuesday on a challenge to Maryland's new gun-control law.

The hearing on a motion to block implementation of the law comes the same day it is scheduled to take effect.

Opponents filed the federal lawsuit Thursday. They say the law was passed earlier this year in "flagrant disregard" of the gun rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Earlier this year, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler issued a 25-page legal review expressing confidence that the law was constitutional and legally defensible

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