Maryland Residents Bought More Guns in Last 9 Months Than 2011 and 2012 Combined
Earlier this year Maryland passed some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation on the heals of the Sandy Hook shootings.
The new laws were set to take effect on Oct 1 this week, however, the state police announced there may be some delays in the implementing the new licensing system as they are currently processing a backlog of 60,000 application to purchase guns which were submitted prior to the Oct 1 cut off date.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Maryland residents have applied to purchase more than 117,000 guns so far in 2013. This is more than all gun sales combined for 2011 and 2012.
It’s not possible to get the statistics on what types of weapons were sold, however, it’s probably pretty safe to assume that semi-automatic rifles and handguns are leading the pack.
The new laws ban 45 types of semi-automatic firearms that the state has deemed as “assault weapons” and puts strict purchasing requirements in place for handgun sales.
Not every lawmaker was in favor of the new laws. From the Sun,
Western Maryland Del. Kevin Kelly, a Democrat, voted against the measure and helped convince his colleagues to let people with orders for assault rifles pick them up after the ban took effect. Kelly said Wednesday he was surprised gun sales for the year weren’t even higher.
“Anyone who could not have foreseen that is nothing short of a lunatic,” Kelly said. “Only a moron would have not foreseen that. … Do I think it’s less safe because there are 117,000 more guns out there? Absolutely not. You could make the argument that it’s more safe.”
I wonder if putting well over 100,000 firearms, most of those the same kind they are looking to ban, was thought about by the people who passed these laws?