State police in Maryland report a record number of firearms applications ahead of the implementation of a draconian anti-Second Amendment bill on October 1.
“It’s nothing like we’ve ever seen before in the history of the Maryland State Police,” Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley told CBC News in Washington, D.C.
As of Friday, the police have received over 100,000 applications. The cops say they will not enforce the new requirements on applicants submitting prior to law going into effect next month.
The law signed by Maryland’s Democrat governor and former Baltimore mayor, Martin O’Malley, bans a large number of firearms the government has classified as “assault weapons,” imposes a ten round restriction on magazines, and forces handgun buyers to hand over their fingerprints to the state.
For some Democrats, however, the law is not restrictive enough. Jordan Cooper, a Democrat Delegate candidate from Bethesda, has called for gun confiscation in addition to biennial (every 24 months) renewal of gun licenses. Cooper exploited the Navy Yard shooting in nearby Washington when he proposed his legislation on September 18.
Cooper’s proposed bill calls for firearms “lacking registration with the state or having expired registrations be surrendered to the State and that the State proactively seek to retrieve and confiscate all firearms with expired registrations exceeding six months.”
In other words, under Cooper’s proposed legislation, the Maryland State Police would be required to “proactively” confiscate firearms from residents who do not obey state law.
Earlier this year, as the government prepared its legislation, the firearm manufacturer Beretta USA threatened to abandon the state. On September 18, Texas Governor Rick Perry toured the Beretta facility in Accokeek, Maryland, just over the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., as part of an effort to lure business to Texas.