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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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Nick Wallace December 20, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Ive never seen a gun with a clip that hold more than 5 rounds. You ignorance between magazines and clips amaze me
FIFA December 20, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Are you really that ignorant? Serious question. I have never seen a magazine/clip that didn't hold more than 5 rounds except in old movies. Are you from this planet? Or did you just waken from a 100 year slumber?
Eastsider December 20, 2012 at 01:47 AM
For the anti gun folks what size magazine would you suggest we carry? Rifle? Handgun?
FIFA December 20, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I'll bite. For a rifle, only bolt action single shot weapons. For handguns, only revolvers subject to very strict background checks. Very strict. Simply put, I am completely against semi-automatic weapons. They didn't exist when the second amendment was written, so why are they permitted now?
PMM49 December 20, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Congratulations to Councilman Huff for having the courage to take a common sense approach.
Jimmy December 20, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Revolver, semi auto it really doesn't matter. When I was competing I could fire 36 rounds from a revolver in less than 90 seconds...that's 5 reloads. For the uneducated...a "clip" has no spring It was something that held up to 10 rounds in a strip...hence the name "striper clip" These were used in the M1 garand of WW2 fame. A "magazine" has an internal spring and holds bullets in a vertical box to feed the weapon from below. Modern SA pistols, SA, bolt and pump rifles use this technology. And when the constitution was written, true, they didn't have SA weapons, but they didn't have computers either, yet, freedom of the press is still extended to internet bloggers. Should we limit that right to only those that publish on a paper and not on the internet?
FIFA December 20, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Come on Jimmy, you are full of it. I will use a 90 round magazine AR15 against your 6 shot revolver any day. You will never get a reload done. When you look down, if you got a chance you are dead. Get real.
Eastsider December 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM
FIFA Your right if you would if it was a heads up competition, but it wasn't a crazed gun man went on a shoot spree against unarmed people. If a shooter is proficient with his weapon it doesn't matter what he is shooting. He will accomplish what he is set out to do.....
Tony December 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Fifa, the internet didn’t exist when the fist amendment was written should we start limiting speech as well?
Eastsider December 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Lets be realistic nothing is the same since they wrote the amendments. So should e rewrite all amendments and open up the Pandora's box?
Patrick Maher December 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I have to agree with our councilman on this one.
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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