With the terror of the Florida high school shooting hanging over them, Maryland lawmakers are going in two entirely different directions on guns. Some Republicans want to make it easier to carry concealed firearms. Some Democrats want to make it harder for convicts to buy them.
Cassandra Atkins is among those who want to make it harder to get guns. "Don't say you're sorry; my heart goes out to you. If you mean it, then do something," she said outside of House of Delegates committee room, the tears welling up in her eyes and her voice breaking.
Aitken's daughter, Shade Adebayo, was killed by a convicted sex offender outside a Target store in Germantown in 2015. With his record, Donald Bricker was banned by state law from buying most firearms.
But because of a loophole in Maryland's gun laws, the man Adebayo, 24, met on the internet was legally able to purchase over the internet a replica of an antique Navy service revolver and use it to shoot her to death.
Atkins is pushing legislators to close the loophole. "This can happen to you; it can happen to your sister, it can happen to your father, it can happen to anyone," she said.
Some churches in Harford County are looking to go in the opposite direction. They're supporting what's being called the Parishioner Protection Act of 2018.
"They know they're protected and that they can worship in peace," said Aaron Penman, a member of the security team at Fellowship Chapel in Jarrettsville, Md., where he says, some parishioners are already armed.
The Parishioner Protection Act would make it legal for law-abiding parishioners -- with the permission of their religious leader -- to carry a concealed weapon in their place of worship -- even without a concealed carry permit.
Both the Senate President and the House Speaker -- both Democrats -- are skeptical the GOP plan for more guns in churches. The fate of the bill to close the loophole on antique and replica firearms is not clear.
Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, is supporting a couple of gun measures to seize weapons from domestic abusers and people identified as imminently dangerous.