Maryland Gun Law Drives Record Sales

Guns on sale / AP

Guns on sale / AP


Maryland’s new gun-control law, scheduled to go into effect Tuesday, is driving record gun sales in the state, the Associated Press reports.

The law will ban sales of 45 types of so-called “assault weapons” and limit gun magazines to 10 bullets. Additionally, state police will have similar authorities to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to inspect gun dealers’ inventories.

Opponents of the gun restrictions are challenging the law in court. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the law in May, joining other liberal states such as California and New York in passing new firearm restrictions following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Thousands of activists from both sides of the gun debate demonstrated at the state legislature during the bills’ contentious passage. Beretta, one of the country’s largest firearm manufacturers, has threatened to move its facilities to other states.

“The idea now of investing additional funds in Maryland and thus rewarding a Government that has insulted our customers and our products is offensive to us so we will take steps to evaluate such investments in other states,” the company said in a statement.