COLLEGE PARK — In the wake of the Sandy Hook mass shooting, Maryland lawmakers passed the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 that made it harder for people to buy handguns and banned the sale of 45 shotguns, rifles and semi-automatic rifles. Two years later, it’s clear that the law had a dramatic impact on gun purchases in Maryland.
Read on to find out how the legislation changed the market for guns in Maryland.
Let’s add 2015 stats. In Baltimore we saw the 2nd highest total of murders ever (up 57% over 2014), non-fatal shootings up about 75% over 2014.
The new laws made it more difficult, time consuming, & expensive for citizens to purchase legal handguns, but apparently had little impact on the criminals access to firearms. Let’s prosecute & imprison those who break the law with firearms.