Maryland Residents Buying Guns at Record Rate Ahead of New Gun Control Laws, State Also Being Sued
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If Maryland’s lawmakers meant to cause the state’s residents to buy and hoard guns at a previously unprecedented rate when they passed strict gun control laws earlier this year, well, they’re doing a great job.
According to several media reports, gun sales in Maryland have been at over 1,000 guns sold per day across the street for multiple weeks now, and that number is creeping up the closer to the October 1 deadline we get to.
Some are predicted record smashing sales this weekend before the Tuesday deadline.
In all of 2012, the state received ~70,000 requests for purchase permits compared with the ~106,700 requests received as of Friday for 2013.
The new laws will seek to ban 45 types of semi-automatic firearms that the state has deemed “assault weapons”. However, there is a grandfather clause, allowing existing owners to keep previously purchased guns. The new law also limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds and requires a fingerprinting and licensing procedure just to buy a handgun.
There is a chance the implementation of the new laws may be delayed. Pro gun rights groups have filed suit to seek an injunction to prevent the laws from becoming effective this Tuesday.
According to the Baltimore Sun,
A spokesman for the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore Inc., one of the plaintiffs, said the new laws would keep honest citizens from being able to “choose effective firearms for defense in the home.”
“Together we are drawing a line in the sand where Maryland’s gun control agenda tramples the fundamental individual right to defend oneself and family in the home,” spokesman John H. Josselyn said in a statement. Reached by telephone, he declined to comment further.
The lawsuit does not contest a major provision in the new gun law that calls for fingerprinting and licensing of handgun owners, a section praised by gun-control advocates as the most effect way to reduce gun violence.
Other Sources: Fox News