‘It’s Like Prohibition’ As Maryland Gun Buyers Hoard Firearms Ahead Of Next Week’s Ban

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With only a week to go before new gun laws that limit “assault weapons” and require fingerprints and licenses for handguns take effect, Maryland residents are buying firearms at an unprecedented rate.

The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the last-minute rush to beat the gun grab has resulted in residents snapping up weapons at a rate of more than 1,000 per day, outpacing the same sales figures for the same period a year ago by a 7-to-1 margin.

“It’s like Prohibition. People want to get their guns before the law takes effect,” one gun owner told the newspaper.

“Everything that’s been banned, we’ve been buying,” said Daniel Brantley, another gun owner who’s been involved in protesting the new laws. Brantley and his wife have bought half a dozen guns over the past six weeks, including the maligned AR-15 rifle, as well as a number of handguns.

The last-minute push intensifies what has already been an extremely active retail market for firearms in Maryland ever since the new laws were passed. From The Sun:

Demand for guns overwhelmed the state’s background check system months ago, leading half of the state’s 314 dealers to release weapons to buyers without waiting for them to be checked out.

Two weeks ago, Gov. Martin O’Malley pledged all the resources necessary to help plow through that backlog of background checks before the new law takes effect Oct. 1. But the onslaught of purchase applications has virtually wiped out the progress made by an all-hands-on-deck effort launched earlier this month.

Starting Oct. 1, prospective handgun buyers in Maryland will be required to submit their fingerprints for a State-managed database, complete a mandatory safety course and obtain a license. The handgun registry makes Maryland the fifth U.S. State that tracks lawful gun owners. In addition, residents won’t be able to legally purchase ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The sale of AR-15s, along with more than 40 other so-called “assault” weapons, will also be outlawed.

The Maryland Legislature passed the “Firearm Safety Act of 2013” in May amid a series of heavy debates in both legislative chambers that stretched late into the night. Governor Martin O’Malley, who had pledged gun control as one of his key objectives for this year’s legislative session, signed the law on May 16.

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  • Harold Olsen

    If Maryland is going this far, then it would not surprise me if the authorities go to the homes of gun owners to see if they own any of the forbidden weaposn and confiscate them. Nazi Germany is alive and well in the United States. Heil, Obama!

    • mark

      No, that is not in the law and is the reason why the “gun grab” propaganda is straight out of Goebbels i.e The Big Lie. No government official is going to take away anyone’s guns. The law only forbids the sale and purchasing by civilians of assault-style weapons. This state law in Maryland was the national law from 1994-2004, so you should say: “Heil,Clinton!” and Heil, Bush!” since their administrations enforced this law for 10 years combined. The Obama administration has never enforced such a law, since it has never been law since 2004. The federal assault weapon ban did not seize a single individual’s gun, either, but only banned sales. Also, during that 10 year period not a single election was cancelled in America by the government, not a single newspaper or television/radio station was closed down by the government, not a single church, synagogue, or place of worship was closed by the government, not a single demonstration was banned by the government. This was what the NRA predicted would happen once assault gun style weapon sales were banned, Americans would lose all their Constitutional rights. But guess what? The NRA lied: it never happened. These assault-style weapons amount to a little over 1% of the 300 million guns owned by Americans. Sales of the other 99% of gun types are unaffected by the Maryland law or the earlier 1994-2004 federal law.

      • ron

        you have to get your head out of your a$$ so you can see what’s going on….your right, none of that happened, but more laws were created against our liberties and they continue to enforce them against Americans while your Muslim uncle in the white house allows ALL other groups to have the freedoms he takes away from us!!

        • mark

          What other groups in the United States is he giving freedom to that they and all Americans don’t already possess?

      • independent thinker

        ” These assault-style weapons amount to a little over 1% of the 300 million guns owned by Americans.”
        That 1% is based on the TOTAL number of privately owned firearms (now 310 million) not the current sales trend.

  • nrahat

    The people in Maryland ought to wake up. What the government is doing is a violation of the 2nd Amendment. What the people out to do is tell the government mess with my 2nd amendment rights and I will take my gun, shove it right up you’re a$$ and pull the trigger!!!!!!!!

    • liz

      I know some people in Maryland, they listen too and believe things we don’t. There was an add for Citco oil company on their TV when I visited them. Robert Kennedy Jr. was saying you should buy your fuel oil from our friends in Argentina, Citco, the ad also had elderly people walking around in the background. Citco was owned by Hugo Chavez, this ad was not on the TV in Florida. You don’t know what kind of brainwashing is going on in some states. That was when people had started boycotting that company.

      • mark

        Citco is the Venezuelan – not the Argentine – oil company.

  • Brinkmam

    I think OBUMMER wants a war here in the states.With all the talk about marshall law and the OCT suprise and with feama ordering mres and water packets.
    All i can say is if you want it you will have it .
    WE THE PEPOLE ARE READY FOR YA

    • Daniel F. Melton

      There are more large caliber (.25 and up) big game rifles in most states than there are in the Army inventory. They have twice the range and three times the knockdown power of the M16, and damned few of those rifles are not equipped with scopes.
      Do the math.

      • Average_Joe56

        and….If they are .30 caliber or larger , they will eat body armor for lunch…including plate. Steel core is even better.

        ;)

        • Daniel F. Melton

          25.06 is no slouch for energy delivered to the target as well, and some of the hot load .17 centerfire rounds will go through standard body armor like an icepick through a sponge..

          Got any military surplus black tip 30.06? All I have are FMJ.

          • Average_Joe56

            Check with Gunbroker.com. I have been purchasing Chinese AP rounds for my AK from a few sources on that site. A lot of Military surplus goes through the site.
            Best of luck..
            Keep your powder dry and your head down.

          • Daniel F. Melton

            I’ll be doing that.

  • dan

    He wants to do to America what he’s doing in the Middle East….
    and his Brother Odinga is doing in Kenya and cousin did in Egypt ;
    DESTABILISE , establish Sharia Law , kill the Christians and rape the resources

    • Daniel F. Melton

      The goal of alinsky socialism is continuing revolution. As long as the population is distracted by unending strife, the authorities have free reign.

    • mark

      Well, he is doing a pretty poor job of this since Sharia law does not exist anywhere in the United States, the U.S. military has not killed a single Christian in the United States under presidential orders, and U.S. corporations are the champions in the resource-raping or fracking industry not the federal government. As the Original DaveH always says (to liberal-progressives, never to conservatives or libertarians) provide some evidence for your fantasies.

      • Daniel F. Melton

        Ruby Ridge? Waco? Citizens were murdered by government agents over allegations of non payment of a $200 tax.

        • mark

          But they were not killed by the government because they were Christians as dan stated but because the government accused them of violating various child endangerment laws in the case of Waco and for firing on U.S. marshals and sawing off the barrels of shotguns in the Ruby Ridge case. (Both these actions were gross criminal overreactions by the ATF and FBI in my opinion) In fact, the ATF forces who shot killed the victims were all Christians themselves – not Muslims.
          They were also not killed by the Obama administration as dan claimed but during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. Nothing like this has occurred under the Obama administration despite the dire and false predictions that it would by various right wing groups. Of course there are still 3.5 years to go and most on this site believe that by 2016, all Americans will be in FEMA concentrations camps, Sharia Law will be the law of the land, every church and synagogue in America shut down, and every American over 65 will be murdered by the Affordable Care Act’s death panels. I, and the vast majority of rational Americans, do not believe this.

          • dan

            The Branch Davidian wasn’t a Christian sect of last day propehecy ?! Randy and Vickey Weaver weren’t Christian and practicing seperation and independance from the government?! You haven’t even TRIED to look beyond your progrming or the government propaganda.
            YOU are a true believer and worship the false idol of a murdering government that entraps their victems with minor policiy and ordiance violations and then initiates violent action against them with extreme predudice.
            …as far as gas pipelines, oil ,gold and poppies(drugs) …just follow the money and the campaign contributors.

          • mark

            Of course they were Christians, dan. So were the people who shot them down. But they weren’t killed because they were Christians. These weren’t Al Qaeda operations or examples of religious bigotry or ethnic cleansings. If anything, they were cases of over-the-top government reactions to crimes that should have been handled in a much less violent manner.

          • Robert Messmer

            Actually they were cases of government removing inconveniencies.

          • Robert Messmer

            Waco and Ruby Ridge were both before this Administration.

          • dan

            administrations may change but the guidance of the military industrial (corporate) complex remains the same
            (like you didn’t know that the CIA calls the shots)
            …just keeping the peasants and rabble in line

          • Robert Messmer

            Right, allegations of child abuse justify killing. Gee, I don’t know how about a trial and a conviction first.

      • Don 2

        “since Sharia law does not exist anywhere in the United States”
        PA Court: Judge Uses Sharia Law To Free Muslim Assailant
        http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/6097-pa-court-judge-uses-sharia-law-to-free-muslim-assailant

      • Robert Messmer

        So those that he has drone killed were not Christians?

  • rbrooks

    too many americans have been supporting gun restrictions for too many years. you only complain now because it is finally affecting you.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Strange that few but the bureaucrats, liberal media clowns, and college faculty socialists visibly support restrictions on Second Amendment rights… Could it be that the reports of enthusiastic support for “gun control” is both manufactured and inflated in order to convince citizens to surrender their rights under the Constitution?

      • mark

        No, such enthusiastic reports are disseminated by the NRA, other gun-enthusiast groups, and rightwing politicians to boost donations and political contributions to protect their corporate masters – the gun and ammunition manufacturers. There is no secret here. They are laughing all the way to the bank as the sheeple and lemmings wet their pants in terror and run off to their local gun stores to buy more weapons and ammo every time the NRA and its parrots sound the “they’re going to take away all your guns!” lie. This never fails and the suckers always fall for it every time. Of course, not a single government official takes away a single legal gun owner’s weapon. But that is irrelevant. As Goebbels (an NRA favorite) stated time and time again: “The Big Lie always works because people are basically stupid.”

        • George Wesley Freeman

          In case you were not around the 1968 Gun control act did in fact,. effectivly took away guns from owners

        • Don 2

          “Of course, not a single government official takes away a single legal gun owner’s weapon.”

          Really? Have you heard of the NY Safe Act signed into law by wannabe president Andrew Cuomo(Communist-NY)? Upon your death, the government takes possession of your AR-15, not your spouse, not your child, not a relative, but NY State…..w/o compensation, and destroys it…..totally in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

          Mark – you don’t know crap!

          • Daniel F. Melton

            Crap is his specialty.

        • Robert Messmer

          Just because they have not started massive confiscation YET doesn’t mean that isn’t what is planned. Hitler didn’t gas the Jews and then start building the concentration camps. You start with little steps leading up to the conclusion. Remember the “common sense” “compromise” about special seating for smokers? When is the last time anyone in this country was able to have a smoke after eating a meal at a restaurant? That’s because after the first “common sense” “compromise” there was a second, then a third until they had finally achieved their agenda. The same pattern is being played in the gun grab.

      • rbrooks

        must be a lot of liberal clowns on this site and in this country. most of the liberal clowns actually support restricting felons as well as the minimum age restriction. they also support the concealed carry.

        the nra not only supported the restriction of both the type of guns and gun ownership, they actually helped draft several of the original acts restricting the 2nd amendment. the nra has done more to restrict the 2nd than all of the bureaucrats, liberal clowns and college faculty socialists, combined.

        perhaps you were simply unaware of whom has, was and is, actually supporting those restrictions.

  • tim

    Recall em all

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Sell hunting licenses on politicians. We could probably retire the national debt with the proceeds.

  • To Tell The Truth

    Phase 1 of plan to confiscate guns so only criminals and government jackboots have weapons. It’ll be much easier for Obozo’s Mu-slime masters to enslave and murder us if we cannot defend ourselves.

  • Doc Sarvis

    This will lead to more guns flooding illegally into D.C.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
      Robert A. Heinlein

      • Doc Sarvis

        Quoting a Science Fiction writer?

        • Average_Joe56

          A very intelligent and knowledgeable Science Fiction writer. You may wish to consider Learning about the man, before making assumptions based on ignorance and the genre of his work. As with many writers, most of his works are “Social” statements and requires rational thought, something that you have yet to exhibit.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A._Heinlein

          • independent thinker

            Average, assumptions based on ignorance are the only arguments Doc has.

          • Quester55

            Careful Little Joe, He Also stated much about TYRANTS and their Habits of Blaming Others for their own Mistakes, very much like your Doing Now!

          • Average_Joe56

            Who did I blame and what exactly did I blame on them?

          • Quester55

            Just How Much, ” Rational Thought “, Did it take you to INSULT anyone that holds a Differing View than your own!
            It Seems to me that your responses to Anyone’s Opinion, (Other than Echoing Your Own) Is Met with A CHILDISH INSULT To that Person’s Intelligence !
            You Can’t FORCE people to agree with you, by going around, ” Assassinating Their Character,”
            All Tactics of an Obama Supporting LIBERAL!!

          • Average_Joe56

            Obviously, you haven’t been on PLD for very long…so I’ll excuse your naiveté’. I have been here on PLD for over 4 years now and so has Doc Sarvis. It may surprise you to find out …that Doc and most of the “regulars” ( that includes me) don’t see eye to eye on much…if anything.
            No matter what proof that you place in front of Doc, he either… will not look at it or he simply ignores it.
            Insulting Doc’s intelligence, is simply a matter of 4 years of observation. As to whether it is actually an insult, is open to debate. Some here would argue that I give Doc too much credit.
            If you stick around long enough, you’ll either come to the same conclusion…or, you’ll be sucked into Doc’s world.

            The fact is, Doc and a few others here…are Trolls…nothing more…nothing less.

        • Daniel F. Melton

          Damned right. Read a bit about him. You’ll find him a bit more complex than “just a SciFi writer”
          http://www.heinleinsociety.org/CentennialReader/robert.html

        • Robert Messmer

          He wrote more than just Science Fiction, although that is what he is known for. Also a Navy vet btw.

      • Pilot 101

        Heinlein is very quotable, as in: “An armed society is a polite society”

      • Quester55

        True, Robert A. HEINLEIN Said those words, However, As a writer of Science Fiction, I’m not too sure I’d Put all of my trust in his Words!

        • Average_Joe56

          “I’m not too sure I’d Put all of my trust in his Words!”

          I don’t know about your trust, but it’s obvious that you haven’t put much “thought” into your reply…..

          • Daniel F. Melton

            liberals don’t think. They emote.

          • Quester55

            Well Little Joe, How much thought ,Did you Need to Muster, such an OPEN Insult ??
            For that matter, since When do you LIBERALS ever really think for yourselves, In the First Place. ??

          • Average_Joe56

            “When do you LIBERALS ever really think for yourselves, In the First Place. ??”
            Are you lost? Need the meds adjusted? If you think I’m a liberal, something is amiss in your thinking.

        • Daniel F. Melton

          If the statement makes sense, why not?

        • Robert Messmer

          I trust those words more than I do any thing said by Obama.

          • Quester55

            Yo Ho, Robert, I’d Sooner trust a A Flounder’s Word oner anything That Fake C-N-C utters. That Swine has No Concept of the Truth.

  • Average_Joe56

    Open carry is an option to challenge the PTB. Check your State statutes. Antique firearms and replicas are not considered “Firearms” under the law and can be carried openly.
    If you decide to open carry an antique or replica, I suggest notifying your local law enforcement, point out the law and and let them know your intentions in advance. No sense getting shot because of a panty waste liberal who freaks out and calls the law( If they know in advance, there is less chance of mishaps).Make sure that it is properly holstered and that you are breaking no other laws.
    Time to make the Anti- gunners to either grow a spine or pee their pants. Anyone who believes that black powder pistols won’t do the job …is sadly mistaken. I carry a .44 cal. pistol myself.
    I live in west central Florida. Check your state statutes.

    Florida Statutes

    Title XLVI

    790.001 Definitions.—As used in this chapter, except where the context otherwise requires:
    (1) “Antique firearm” means any firearm manufactured in or before 1918 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar early type of ignition system) or replica thereof, whether actually manufactured before or after the year 1918, and also any firearm using fixed ammunition manufactured in or before 1918, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.

    (6) “Firearm” means any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; any destructive device; or any machine gun. The term “firearm” does not include an antique firearm unless the antique firearm is used in the commission of a crime.

    • Quester55

      What you said was true, However, in the Days Coming, Many Honest Citizens will still be Gunned Down by Those Cowards wearing a Badge!

    • Daniel F. Melton

      I just picked up a .44 Navy Colt replica myself. That makes three handguns, two rifles, and two shotguns.

  • fiatdollars

    Rise up Maryland!!!!!

    • Robbie

      Why don’t YOU rise up and lead the way?

      • Daniel F. Melton

        Not even coherent.

        • Robbie

          Correction made. Thank you.

  • Quester55

    There’s Going to be a Lot of Poor, Angry citizens outside, Shouting their Fool Heads off, Saying BANG, BANG, BANG, While waving their nearly worthless & Empty (NO AMMO) Guns around!
    Tell Us, Unless you have the Rare Knowledge, of how to make your own Ammo for your gun, ” Why Spend those Inflated Prices for a Fancy Club ??
    Besides, I can assure you, That your Purchase was Witnessed by the A.T.F. & Homeland Security Goons, & They’ll be following your every move from now on!!
    It’s a Pity You all didn’t listen to us, Years ago, To Stock Up, Before T.S.H.T.F.,
    But You Never Listen!

    • Ted Waggoner

      Quester,
      In a confrontation like a revolution (armed) those items will be TAKEN
      AWAY from DHS , LOCAL POLICE and other FEDERAL teams that violate the Constitution and are considered as the spoils of war. Please
      dont make the first mistake and underestimate the power and size
      of the force and the determination of our population, Retired Military,
      Oathkeepers ,current supporting Law Enforcement, and just plain ol’
      regular civilians that are tired of not being represented and lied to.
      We have more than they do, and we will win. No brag JUST FACT.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      I’ve had no problem accumulating a respectable quantity of ammunition, mostly 30.06 and 12 gauge, but quite a bit of 9mm and .380 pistol ammo too. of all types. It’s out there. Hit garage sales, gun shows, large chain stores, and gun shops. Reloading is an option too, of you have the inclination. Lee makes some inexpensive reloading equipment.

  • momo

    What else do you expect from a state that taxes you for the amount of rain that falls on your house and yard?

    • Robert Messmer

      What????

  • Asator

    Unfortunately I live in MD and the laws are just getting worst. We have lost a lot of big business because of new laws in MD, and O’malley says unemployment is better when business have been leaving MD. If anyone is thinking of moving don’t move to the socialist republic of MD.

  • MexicansaysLibtardsRpukes

    I guess the bad guys from other cities will move there, It will be easy target to commit crimes! So it will make Law abiding citizens to buy guns from black market to defend themselves! You can’t always rely on police officers the bad guys will kill you and be long gone by the time cops get there!

  • Michael Shreve

    Stupid is as STUPID does. Original COLONIES with signatories of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution a WIPING with the Constitution.

  • Robbie

    Gee, you have to have a licence. How is that “gun grabbing”?

    • Brandon Campbell

      Because they’ll know who to grab the guns from, next time some disaster happens to give them the excuse to tighten things up even more or declare martial law.

      • Robbie

        I’m beginning to realize that you don’t really trust your fellow Americans who run for and attain elected office. Is it your fellow Americans you don’t trust or do you not like the governmental system established in the Constitution?

        • Robert Messmer

          I trust the governmental system established in the Constitution but not this administration which has shown an utter disdain for the Constitution.

          • Robbie

            Really, in what way(s) has there been disdain? An example would be nice.

          • Robert Messmer

            NDAA 2011 and NDAA 2012.

          • Robbie

            Basically you are referring to actions by any President that grants funding to the military. Do you feel that arranging funding for the American military is “showing utter disdain for the Constitution”? In any case NDAA 2011 was passed by the Republican House of Reps. so it can’t be all bad!

          • Robert Messmer

            The part I was referring to is the part about being able to indefinitely detain American citizens with no charges, no access to counsel, no writ of habeas corpus

          • Robbie

            I believe those parts are being contested in the courts.

          • Robert Messmer

            Hopefully the courts will side with the Constitution and throw them out. But they shouldn’t have been there in the first place since they all contrary to the Constitution.

          • Robbie

            You don’t get if you don’t try.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      There has yet to be registration without eventual confiscation. Even in Canada.

      • Robbie

        False. We had registration and no confiscation. But you won’t accept that fact I’m sure.

  • LST

    And jackass liberals insist there will be no future gun grab. What the hell do people think this is? They’re getting ready to do just that in the very NEAR future, count on it.