Marylanders rushing to buy guns before new gun-control laws take effect next week
posted at 1:30 pm on September 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
Gettin’ while the gettin’s still good. Via the Baltimore Sun:
Marylanders have been rushing to buy guns at a rate of 1,000 a day over the past two weeks, hastening the pace of an unprecedented surge in gun sales.
More than 102,000 gun purchase applications have been submitted so far this year — twice the number for all of 2011, state police said Monday.
“It’s like Prohibition,” said Rick Kain, a gun owner from Howard County. “People want to get their guns before the law takes effect.”
Maryland’s tough new gun control law takes effect next week, banning the sale of assault-style rifles and requiring fingerprints and a license to buy a handgun. This month, a swarm of requests hit the Maryland State Police background check system at a pace roughly seven times that during the same time last year.