Maryland ringing up record gun sales as deadline approaches

posted at 9:21 pm on September 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

ObamaCare isn’t the only deadline that arrives tomorrow.  Maryland residents face new restrictions on the purchase — but not ownership — of firearms starting tomorrow, thanks to Governor Martin O’Malley’s push on gun control earlier this year.  With just hours to go, Maryland’s gun stores report record sales:

Maryland residents have been buying guns in record numbers before a law takes effect Tuesday, with provisions aimed at helping keep guns away from criminals and the mentally ill, strengthening safety training and banning 45 types of assault weapons.

Opponents decry what they call an ineffective law that will only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise Second Amendment rights. They say the state also failed to prepare properly for implementation after Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is considering a run for the White House in 2016, pushed the complicated measure through the General Assembly to build his credentials for a potential Democratic primary race. …

The Maryland law attempts to address firearms access by the mentally ill by preventing anyone who has been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility from owning a handgun in the state, although this provision would not have applied to the Navy Yard gunman.

The law will also ban 45 types of assault weapons, although people who own them now will be able to keep them. That provision has contributed to record sales. The Maryland State Police received 106,772 gun-purchase applications so far this year as of Sept. 20, the most recent date for which data was available Friday. That compares with 70,099 applications processed last year, which had been the previous annual record.

“There’s never been this kind of increase,” said state police spokesman Greg Shipley, who added that people have been applying for gun purchases at the rate of about 1,000 a day over the past two weeks.

They may not need to rush.  A court has a hearing scheduled tomorrow to determine whether to issue an injunction against the law:

On Thursday, opponents of the restrictions sued in federal court in Baltimore, seeking to block the legislation from taking effect. The court scheduled a hearing for Tuesday on their motion for an order that would temporarily block implementation while the court considers whether to permanently bar Maryland from enforcing the law.

The deadline isn’t the only parallel with ObamaCare, either.  The law requires a new licensing system, but it’s not ready to go, and no one can say when it will be ready to be put in effect.  That has law enforcement in the strange position of declining to enforce the law:

However, some say the state isn’t ready for the changes, due to a massive backlog.

Background checks that are usually processed in a week are now taking three months or more, and the number of gun applications have reached about 1,000 per day heading into Oct. 1.

In addition, the new license system isn’t in place and gun dealers say the state isn’t ready to roll out regulations.

Maryland State Police say they won’t enforce the law for people who have pending applications that were submitted before the Oct. 1 deadline.

“It’s still illegal but they’re just not enforcing it. There’s no way we can play by these rules,” says Andy Raymond, co-owner of Engage Armament in Rockville, Md.

How far away is the system from readiness? The state police don’t even have the forms for purchasers to complete, let alone the infrastructure to manage it.  That might have the effect of stopping gun sales, which would violate the 2nd Amendment — and probably will force the court to issue an injunction tomorrow.


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SparkPlug on September 30, 2013 at 9:23 PM

ObamaCare isn’t the only deadline that arrives tomorrow. Maryland residents face new restrictions on the purchase — but not ownership — of firearms starting tomorrow, thanks to Governor Martin O’Malley’s push on gun control earlier this year.

Sure fire way to stimulate gun sales.

SparkPlug on September 30, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Man, that’s a lot of sentient guns in private hands which will kill people after sneaking from the gun safe.

Bishop on September 30, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Bryan Preston:

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/09/30/if-the-government-shuts-down-what-happens-to-the-fbis-gun-purchase-background-check-system/

This must be an oversight on the Obama administration’s part. Your Second Amendment rights will not be impacted by a government shutdown. The FBI has told gun retailers that government shutdown or not, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) will remain alive and ready to handle gun purchases….

So, good news: Even if the government shuts down, you’ll still be able to pick up that Glock you’ve had your eye on.

I continue to struggle to find reasons to care whether the government “shuts down” or not. None are springing to mind, to be honest.

INC on September 30, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Small state. Easy to go to a Virginia gun show and buy privately.

Or, if you’re a criminal, just continue doing what you are doing.

rbj on September 30, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Baltimore police say they do not have data on how many violent crimes are carried out using assault-type weapons but that they seized 23 firearms that would qualify as “assault” weapons in 2012. Police seize about 2,000 guns a year.
 
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-01-26/news/bs-md-gun-proposals-20130126_1_gun-control-gun-violence-gun-laws

 
1%.

rogerb on September 30, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Twas my home. Alas,, I had to flee. Life on the Bay. Gone. Family graves, untended. Childhood romps & stomping grounds, left behind. There’s a tree with my first loves name carved in it on the bank of the Susquehanna where I grew up fishing.

You don’t think I hate progs?

Last time I went back I was appalled, shocked, but mostly saddened.

You lose the guns,, you lose the rest. MD is a case study of such.

wolly4321 on September 30, 2013 at 9:48 PM

A reminder that even a “blue state” is still more than one-third sensible American.

HitNRun on September 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM

This will have no effect on the crime rate. MD will continue to have a higher murder rate than states with much looser gun laws, such as TX, ID, VT, UT, and many others.

juliesa on September 30, 2013 at 9:53 PM

wolly4321 on September 30, 2013 at 9:48 PM

I feel so sorry for people like you who’ve been forced to leave their homes by this progressive disease.

juliesa on September 30, 2013 at 9:55 PM

GUNS R BAD!!!

Bad gun!

This, along with 3-D printed guns, is what they’re gonna be up against.

Guess they’d better start banning steel, common chemicals such as potassium nitrate & table sugar, plastic, printers, Harbor Freight metal lathes, etc.

Lanceman on September 30, 2013 at 9:56 PM

It’s so weird living in the DC metro region. A chick in a doctor’s office I was in the other day described VA/DC/MD as like three completely different states with three completely different cultures. She’s right. MD and DC are disasters. VA is not far behind. Get em now while you can folks. Comin’ to a neighborhood near you… Courtesy of Liberal scum and the no-and-low info voters that vote for ‘em.

And the craziest thing is that I know that there are many Marylanders who are avid hunters and pro-Second Amendment people who despise this stuff. But it’s all the DC metro area that is driving this.

WhatSlushfund on September 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

That 1/3 can’t counter the minorities that populate the urban centers and heavily populated Counties. There are beautiful sections of Baltimore Co, but they don’t stand a chance.

Look at MD gubmint. Who they send to DC. San Fran on the Chesapeake.

wolly4321 on September 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM

The really funny part is having to pay a toll to cross the Francis Scott Key bridge to get to Ft McHenry. Then having to pay to get in there, too.

You would think some things were sacred.

Gettysburg is still free.

wolly4321 on September 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

The Maryland State Police received 106,772 gun-purchase applications so far this year as of Sept. 20, the most recent date for which data was available Friday. That compares with 70,099 applications processed last year, which had been the previous annual record

…it’s 3 months short!

KOOLAID2 on September 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Baltimore has a much higher murder rate than DC. The city is unsafe for tourists everywhere even in the the inner harbor area. They keep a lid on the crime reporting to snare in unsuspecting tourists.

The inner city youth are branching out to the suburbs like Towson where there was a gang murder in their upscale mall last year. The perpetrator was too dumb to realize that he was on CCTV.

The city and state of MD won’t get tough on the criminal element because that would be racist. Even the Baltimore jail was run by a gang member until the Feds got involved recently.

So, what’s the answer: gun control!

No Niks on September 30, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Hey, let’s talk about irrelevent crap as the government shut down that we all wanted approaches, because we’re losing big on this issue!

Mr. Arkadin on September 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

There isn’t going to be one young white married couple there who are gonna say ‘hey, let’s be the unarmed couple on the block!’. The wife is going to bring it up before the deadline, even the Democrat families.

Buddahpundit on September 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Mr. Arkadin on September 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Mr. Bingley you ain’t.

Lanceman on September 30, 2013 at 10:34 PM

They are branching out in to Towson and Timonium.

Know why?

Because the liberal choo choo’s that were supposed to take people in to the city do the opposite.

The thugs ride out to the burbs.

wolly4321 on September 30, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Hey mr.ardvark… bl!w me.

wolly4321 on September 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Yes let’s make it harder for good people to get guns.
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CW on September 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Hey, let’s talk about irrelevent crap as the government shut down that we all wanted approaches, because we’re losing big on this issue!

Get on your knees or bend over and take it from your democrat leaders who can’t even be bothered to pass a budget, and fire off to gehenna you feckless reprobate.

Murphy9 on September 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM

O’Malley is a complete tool, and has no idea what he’s doing. I really hope Hillary doesn’t run and the Dems nominate this guy. He’s so bad, so completely ensconced in liberal bs that there’s no way he wins the presidency. It’s not just the guns, but the high violent crime and murder rates, the huge tax increases (including the stupid rain tax), and all the crazy new regulations.

He had his buddy AG Gansler argue hat the challenge to the gun law couldn’t go forward because the opponents waited too long to file. They actually said that you couldn’t challenge a law unless you challenged it right after it passed. Sounds to me like they aren’t confident of it being upheld…

PetecminMd on September 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM

That 1/3 can’t counter the minorities that populate the urban centers and heavily populated Counties. There are beautiful sections of Baltimore Co, but they don’t stand a chance.

Look at MD gubmint. Who they send to DC. San Fran on the Chesapeake.

wolly4321 on September 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM

They be Baltimorons.

Myron Falwell on October 1, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Guess they’d better start banning steel, common chemicals such as potassium nitrate & table sugar, plastic, printers, Harbor Freight metal lathes, etc.

Lanceman on September 30, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Even better is going the Gingery way… that means that they would have to outlaw junk yards, confiscate all the power tools… and all the compressor motors for refrigerators and freezers, and dishwashers, clothes washers, driers… and totally shut down all internet access so you couldn’t get these things shipped to you by your fellow citizens… plus put up check points at the MD border to do a full inspection of every vehicle coming in to stop all this new contraband used to, you know, maintain a industrial society.

These bozos have no idea what the 21st century looks like, and those who did the Mad Maxian analysis in the 20th offered ways around even the most tyrannical of States. Plus all of that government junk in the old USSR didn’t stop individuals from making their own firearms and the government realized that those guys who worked in Siberia really did need shotguns… and people were still being killed with firearms in the USSR and not just by the government, either. Just another of those little things the Leftists always forget to mention: even police states can’t stop this stuff and that was in the 20th century.

They aren’t ready for the 21st.

ajacksonian on October 1, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Why do normally sane and perspective people attempt to personally aggrandize themselves by being the first commenter? You are not impressing us.

Old Country Boy on October 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM

O’Malley is a complete tool, and has no idea what he’s doing. I really hope Hillary doesn’t run and the Dems nominate this guy. He’s so bad, so completely ensconced in liberal bs that there’s no way he wins the presidency. It’s not just the guns, but the high violent crime and murder rates, the huge tax increases (including the stupid rain tax), and all the crazy new regulations.

He had his buddy AG Gansler argue hat the challenge to the gun law couldn’t go forward because the opponents waited too long to file. They actually said that you couldn’t challenge a law unless you challenged it right after it passed. Sounds to me like they aren’t confident of it being upheld…

PetecminMd on September 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Agreed 100%. I cannot WAIT to see him embarrass himself on the national stage.

It will be so beautiful it may bring a tear to my eye.

As for this crap gun law I think you are right, there are more lawsuits in the wings to attack this monstrosity AND I discovered that there is no severability clause in it. So if part of it gets struck down, the whole thing goes with it.

Gatsu on October 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Why do normally sane and perspective people attempt to personally aggrandize themselves by being the first commenter? You are not impressing us.

Old Country Boy on October 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Lighten up, Francis.

Lanceman on October 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

As someone who grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore and now lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania I can only sit back and laugh at how FUBAR the State of Maryland has become over the last 10 years. This bill and its resultant spike in gun purchases only proves that people don’t want you to f**k with their guns!!

Martin Owe’Malley should kiss the boots of the Federal government every day for if it wasn’t for the masses of government drones working/living in Maryland for the countless Federal agencies/contractors in the Baltimore/Washington region, he and the Dems in Annapolis wouldn’t/couldn’t tax everything in sight!! Its really a shame because Maryland is truly a beautiful State with lots to offer that’s being slowly driven into the ground by Progressives in Annapolis!! One day they’ll wake up and wonder what happened but by then it’ll be faaaaar too late!

ManWithNoName on October 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

They may not need to rush. A court has a hearing scheduled tomorrow to determine whether to issue an injunction against the law:

Yeah, we all saw how that worked out with 0bamamacare.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for justice.

UltimateBob on October 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

O’Malley must not be able to see Colorado from his front porch. Things don’t always end well for gun grabbers.

Kissmygrits on October 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM