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Huff Favors 'Gun Safety' Not Control

The Republican councilman says his support of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's call to tighten gun laws is not inconsistent with being "a card-carrying member of the NRA."

One of the Baltimore County Council's two Republicans said he is still a strong advocate for gun ownership rights despite his support for stricter gun laws called for this week by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Todd Huff, a Timonium resident, was the only councilman to attend a Monday news conference held by Kamenetz and county police Chief Jim Johnson.

"It's not gun control, it's gun safety," Huff said of Kamenetz's three-point request to state and federal lawmakers. "The way Kevin presented it was pretty good."

The councilman said his appearance at the event should not be taken as support for gun control or a contradiction for someone who is "a card-carrying member of the NRA."

The county executive and Johnson Monday called for a ban on the sale of assault weapons, ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, and ending exemptions to national background checks for private sales.

Kamenetz issued the open letter to state and federal lawmakers in the wake of a Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The incident took the lives of 26 people including 20 children.

"I do strongly believe in the Second Amendment and the right to carry," Huff said. "I don't feel the need to have assault weapons and massive clips for mass destruction."

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Steve December 20, 2012 at 06:39 PM
LOL He can carry the card but he can't carry a firearm...... http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-10-19/news/bs-md-co-district3-records-20101019_1_past-legal-troubles-council-race-traffic-case
Matt December 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM
What, pray tell, is not strict about current background checks?
Ann Miller December 23, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Let's get back to the topic. The County Executive's answer to criminal violence is to reduce the constitutional rights of the law-abiding. That's criminal and indeed a conflict with the Second Amendment. Let's see what rewards Kamenetz doles out to those willing to compromise their own principles and citizens' rights and safety just to kowtow to his liberal agenda.
Steve December 23, 2012 at 09:27 PM
That's not even remotely criminal. A piece of paper written hundreds of years ago by a bunch of old besotted white guys needs a little updating anyway.
Up and At Em December 29, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Instead of gun control why don't we have some criminal control? Only when guns are outlawed will the outlaws have guns. When a drunk driver kills someone do they blame the car?

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