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Frosh claims victory over NRA

Sen. Brian E. Frosh, D-Montgomery, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (File Photo)

Sen. Brian E. Frosh says the National Rifle Association‘s decision to fight Maryland’s yet-to-be-signed gun control law in court rather than at the polls shows the pro-gun organization knows state voters would uphold the law.

In an email sent from his campaign account on Friday, Frosh wrote that “overwhelming support for the new common sense safety measures convinced opponents to abandon their petition campaign.”

Frosh, as chairman of the Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee, guided Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun control legislation through the Senate during the recently-adjourned General Assembly session.

The Montgomery County Democrat is also mulling a run for Maryland attorney general, a role that would put him in position to defend the constitutionality of the Firearm Safety Act in court.

“We already know that the Firearm Safety Act is constitutional,” Frosh wrote. “It has been thoroughly examined by me and my legislative colleagues, the attorney general, Governor O’Malley’s legislative office, and the Department of Legislative Services.

“The NRA will waste its time and money finding out what we already know: the new law does nothing to infringe the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.”