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Posted: 2/23/2001 11:17:42 AM EDT
CNSNews.com Friday, Feb. 23, 2001 Even supporters of Maryland's strict new gun law admit it has created a "de facto ban" on gun sales in the state. Maryland's gun "safety" law approved last fall requires gun makers to test-fire all guns shipped into Maryland so each gun has a "ballistic fingerprint" on record. (Each spent shell casing has unique markings that police theoretically could use to identify which guns were used in crimes.) But some gun manufacturers said providing a spent shell casing for each gun shipped to Maryland isn't worth the time and money – especially because Maryland accounts for only about 2 percent of national gun sales. In response to the ballistic fingerprinting requirement, some gun makers simply stopped shipping guns to the state, leaving dealers with fewer guns to sell. Now even supporters of the gun law are scrambling to set things straight. House Speaker Casper Taylor Jr., an Allegany County Democrat, said, "None of the law was intended by anybody, from the governor on down, to be banning handguns in Maryland." Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. David Mitchell echoed that sentiment. "We did not, nor did we ever, intend for this legislation to be a de facto gun ban, nor did we intend this legislation to create an undue hardship on Maryland gun dealers." Under a compromise worked out this week, Mitchell said Maryland state police would hire six retired officers to test-fire all handguns shipped to the state. State police will charge dealers $20 a gun to cover police costs, and the gun buyer ultimately will absorb that extra cost, much to the dismay of dealers, who fear a squeeze on business. Here's the catch: Maryland state police will test-fire the guns only for six months, until gun makers have "time to comply" with the law requiring them to provide the ballistic fingerprints. The compromise doesn't satisfy gun dealers. They say they'll have trouble filling orders in six months, when state police stop collecting spent shell casings. They also say the $20 fee for collecting spent shell casing amounts to a gun tax. The Baltimore Sun quotes Sanford Abrams, vice president of the Maryland Firearms Dealers Association, as saying the $20 charge is "unconscionable." According to Abrams, the state is "going to make money off this." Abrams and other gun dealers have suggested that gun dealers themselves collect the spent bullet casings and turn them over to police. State officials apparently don't endorse this idea. Idea Spreads to Other States On March 1, a ballistic fingerprinting requirement also will take effect in New York. Several other states, including California, Florida and Massachusetts, reportedly are considering such a requirment. Maryland officials say that as more big states adopt such requirements, gun makers will feel more pressure to set up their own ballistic fingerprinting system so they don't lose sales. Get 'em quick, kids!!!
Link Posted: 2/23/2001 11:26:09 AM EDT
Now even supporters of the gun law are scrambling to set things straight. House Speaker Casper Taylor Jr., an Allegany County Democrat, said, "None of the law was intended by anybody, from the governor on down, to be banning handguns in Maryland." Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. David Mitchell echoed that sentiment. "We did not, nor did we ever, intend for this legislation to be a de facto gun ban, nor did we intend this legislation to create an undue hardship on Maryland gun dealers."
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Help me guys, I'm dying here!
Link Posted: 2/23/2001 11:40:45 AM EDT
Well at least the sheeple's republik of kalifornia has the excuse of being run by democrat socialists who don't pretend to be anything else. New Yuck, on the other hand, has a bunch of RINOs doing exactly the same things they warned the democrats would do.
Link Posted: 2/23/2001 1:16:50 PM EDT
Pataki is a root sucker.
Link Posted: 2/25/2001 11:48:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/26/2001 6:24:54 AM EDT
I guess revolvers will become more popular with gang bangers.
Link Posted: 3/26/2001 6:40:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SS109: I guess revolvers will become more popular with gang bangers.
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i take this statement as an insult, for your info gang bangers live in CA. we on the other hand have (dis)organized crime[xx(]
Link Posted: 3/26/2001 11:18:44 AM EDT
actually gang bangers are in every major city, and in a lot of small towns you wouldnt think of, nebraska and arkansas come to mind we got some russian mob action out there, and im sure most of the other mob groups, but we dont hear about it at all
Link Posted: 3/26/2001 10:05:55 PM EDT
You New Yorkers are screwed. Here in Maryland we can no longer get new handguns and used ones command a big premium when you can find them. Lots of MD FFLs are going out of business, including my FFL. [:(!] GunLvr
Link Posted: 3/26/2001 10:17:15 PM EDT
i got an idea, why dont a bunch of us get together, buy a thousand acres in vt or somplace like that and declare independance. (maby this will get a laugh or two.)
Link Posted: 3/26/2001 10:35:26 PM EDT
Maryland officials say that as more big states adopt such requirements, gun makers will feel more pressure to set up their own ballistic fingerprinting system so they don't lose sales.
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[b]Wanna bet?[/b] Eric The Hun
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