This year, Maryland passed strict gun-control legislation. In response, residents have flooded the state police with applications to purchase weapons, before the new law takes effect. Through August, more than 85,000 residents have made new requests to purchase firearms. This is almost double the amount who sought buy guns in all of 2011.
The Maryland law, pushed through by Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley and a Democrat legislature, bans 45 types of “assault weapons” and limits ammunition magazines to a maximum of ten rounds. Possessing these weapons and magazines would be legal, however, if purchased before the law’s October 1 effective date. Residents in Maryland have responded to this incentive by stock-piling guns.
Something's wrong here. Every time there's a new gun law going into effect, especially if it's to make possession of certain guns illegal, gun sales soar beforehand. This obviously diminishes whatever good the new law will do. In some cases the benefits of the new law will never catch up with the increased sales that took place leading up to the implementation of the law.
The solution is obvious. Restrictions on certain kinds of guns and accessories cannot allow the grandfather clause. If something is so bad that it has to be outlawed, what sense does it make to allow those who already possess it to continue doing so?
Voluntary surrender of outlawed weapons must accompany any new laws prohibiting their possession. This is exactly what Chris Christie did not want to do with the .50 caliber sniper rifles, but at least he didn't outlaw them with a grandfather clause built in.
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