Gaithersburg Mayor Cleared in Ethics Probe; Van Hollen, Cardin Support Assault Weapons Ban

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Gaithersburg mayor cleared of alleged ethics violation

The city’s Board of Supervisors determined that Mayor Jud Ashman did not violate election rules when he sent a mailer in October supporting City Council incumbents in Tuesday’s election. [MyMCMedia]

Van Hollen, Cardin among Senators to introduce assault weapons ban

U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein of California and other Democrats to introduce a federal assault weapons ban Wednesday. The legislation would ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of military-assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The legislation comes after deadly shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, that killed more than 75 people. The bill is similar to the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

“The safety of our children and communities should never be put at risk by partisan gridlock,” Cardin said in a statement. “I am sympathetic to the interests of legitimate hunters and collectors, but the federal assault weapons ban never should have been allowed to expire.” [@SenatorCardin]

Guards contracted to provide security at Silver Spring government building indicted

Four security guards who worked for a contractor that provides security for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring have been indicted on charges of extorting their fellow guards. The four men were accused of telling guards required to take a firearms test that they failed, but could obtain a firearms certification if they paid between $150 and $500. At least seven guards agreed to pay, even though there was no evidence they failed the test. [Washington Post]

Montgomery County police chief interviewed about detecting clues to prevent mass shootings

Side businesses expected to profit from state’s launch of medical marijuana industry

Businesses that sell products such as jars, scales and other items needed to package and sell medical marijuana are expected to benefit from the market expected to open soon in Maryland. A an analytics firm estimates medical marijuana sales in Maryland could reach $34 million in 2018 and jump to $494 million by 2025. [Baltimore Sun

Rain possible Thursday, chilly night expected

There’s a chance of rain Thursday ,with a high reaching around 52 degrees, followed by a cold evening. The National Weather Service expects a low around 35 tonight.

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