Sales of assault weapons surging in Maryland as gun-control bill nears passage
“Everything’s been bought up and we’ve had ammunition that came right off the trucks,” said A.J. Wynne, an employee at Engage Armament. “They’d say, ‘What is that?’ I’d say, ‘9 mm.’ [They’d say,] ‘I’ll take it.’ Right before we’re even done booking guns in, it’s already sold.”
Geogre Heffner was in the store Friday, purchasing a handgun that he had ordered months ago.
“When I came here two months ago, there was nothing to be had,” he said. “The store was completely empty. I thought someone had come in and robbed it. Nothing on the shelves hardly at all…. Completely sold out.”
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued a statement saying: “We fully support Governor O’Malley’s comprehensive legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly. His leadership in the area of gun licensing, restricting access to military-style assault weapons and gun magazines will save lives.”