MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN THE NEWS: County Leaders Call for Stricter Gun Laws

Political leaders, police and students rallied Monday on the steps of the Montgomery County Council Office Building in Rockville to demand stricter gun laws.

In the wake of last month’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, students nationwide have staged demonstrations to call for tougher gun laws, including a ban on assault-style weapons.

Maryland, which has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, already prohibits assault-style rifles and limits the number of firearms that can be purchased at one time. Additionally, gun buyers in the state must be fingerprinted and are required to complete a gun safety training program.

“When the president comes out and says ‘let’s arm teachers’ — this is just so crazy, it’s beyond belief,” said Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner. “What is insane is having weapons of mass destruction readily available, and that’s what assault rifles are — they are weapons of mass destruction.”

According to WTOP, critics of stricter gun control say ratcheting up gun laws won’t increase safety, pointing out federal laws already on the books but not properly enforced.

More Snow Before Spring

Though March brings winter to an end, weather experts say the region might just be hit with a bit more snow before spring arrives.

According to The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, snowfall is possible in the coming days as multiple cold fronts move through the region.

A storm predicted to arrive Thursday night and carry into early Friday is expected to leave a light dusting. Another coastal storm could pass through the D.C. metropolitan region late Sunday evening, though meteorologists are uncertain of its path.

County Still Hopeful for Amazon

Amazon could create 101,000 jobs, bring in $17 billion per year in economic activity and generate $7.7 billion in annual wages if the company opens its second headquarters in Montgomery County, according to a recent study commissioned by the county and the state’s Department of Commerce.

The county is one of 20 finalists under consideration by the online retail giant to be the home of its second headquarters, joining other locales such as D.C., Northern Virginia, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Nashville, Tennessee.

To strengthen Montgomery County’s bid, Gov. Larry Hogan is reportedly offering a $5 billion incentive plan that includes $3 billion in grants and tax incentives and $2 billion in road, transit and related improvements.

​Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and other county leaders have kept quiet on where exactly the headquarters would be built, but severest media outlets have reported that the county is mulling a location at White Flint Plaza in North Bethesda.

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