State Attorneys, grieving family introduce bill to close loophole in Maryland gun law

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The family of a woman killed by her ex-boyfriend is trying to convince Maryland lawmakers to close a loophole in gun laws.

“It has been over two years now and the pain still hurts,” Cassandra Atkens said through tears as she addressed members of the State Senate.

Atkens daughter was murdered in 2015, and Wednesday, the grieving mother plead with Maryland lawmakers to make a change.

In October 2016, Donald Bricker Jr. was sentenced to life without parole for killing his 24 year old ex-girlfriend, Shade Adebayo.  Surveillance video of a Germantown Target parking lot, showed the two of them jumping out of a white truck, seconds later, Adebayo is seen running away from him, and then suddenly drops to the ground.

“Bricker shot her in the back, she fled from the car, he followed her and shot her again while she lay in the parking lot, and he killed her,” said State’s Attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy.

State’s Attorney McCarthy said Bricker was a registered sex offender and had a previous a firearm conviction, but was still able to buy an antique gun online.

“He didn’t have to register it, and didn’t need a permit,” explained McCarthy.

 It is this loophole in state law, that the victim’s family and McCarthy are working to change.

“We are just basically saying, if we convict someone and we would not allow them to have a real handgun, don’t let them have a replica,” said the State’s Attorney.

Not everyone was onboard with the proposal, Wednesday.  But Atkens and McCarthy said they are in this battle for the long haul.

Next, the bill will be presented to members of the House.


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