Maryland General Assembly Will Likely Re-Examine Gun Regulations After Buffalo Shooting – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A supermarket in Buffalo, New York, became the scene of another mass shooting on Saturday.

The FBI says that 10 of the 13 people died after being shot by 18-year-old Payton Gendron.

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Gendron was fueled by racial hatred, according to authorities.

“He came specifically to this area of ​​Buffalo because that zip code has the highest number of African-American citizens in that area in New York state,” said Michael Greenberg, director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the State Department of Homeland Security. University of Maryland, said.

Greenberg is a homeland security and counterterrorism expert who reviewed the suspect’s past prior to Saturday’s shooting.

Greenberg noted that Gendron was investigated by the New York State Police as a juvenile in connection with comments made while in high school.

“The focus of that investigation was when he was a minor, so it never found his way into a federal database that would prove he was a danger,” he said. .

Greenberg believes the deadly attack will prompt different states to re-examine their handgun and shotgun regulations.

“For example, I’m sure the Maryland General Assembly will address this the next time they convene to make sure that Maryland law doesn’t have loopholes that allow things like this to happen,” he said.

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Stricter gun laws weigh heavily on the minds of some people in Maryland and around the country. But that wasn’t the only concern people had after the Buffalo attack.

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Others are expressing concerns about social media companies and users. Investigators say the suspect live-streamed the shooting on a social media platform.

The operator of that platform said the video was taken down within two minutes.

Experts are urging people to report any suspicious posts or behavior on social media in hopes of preventing future attacks.

Joshua Horwitz, co-director of Johns Hopkins Gun Violence Solutions, says these ideas are still in balance, but there are ways to disarm hate and ensure those at risk of crime don’t have the right to use it. use lethal weapons in our state. speak.

“In Maryland, we have a protective order that allows family members and law enforcement and health care providers to intervene,” Horwitz said. “If they feel someone is in trouble whether it is harming themselves or others, we have a law and it is a civil protection order. It is simply to take a gun, the deadliest means of violence, from the hands of a person who may be at risk.”

A felony hearing for Gendron is scheduled for Thursday morning.

He has been charged with first degree murder.

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Gendron has pleaded not guilty.

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