Maryland firearms dealers rank number three in the nation for the number of guns lost or stolen from their inventories, putting us all at risk from weapons that fall into the wrong hands. A new state law should help.
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent turned Republican activist, set his sights Tuesday on taking back Maryland's 6th District congressional seat for the GOP. But state Sen. Nancy Jacobs, one of the state's longest-serving Republican lawmakers, said she will not seek re-election in 2014, adding to the attrition of the GOP's small band of senators.
An unprecedented surge of applications to purchase guns has overwhelmed Maryland's system for checking out the buyers. Dealers are required to wait seven days before releasing a firearm — in the past enough time for the state police to complete the background check. But lately, it's taken two months or more. Some dealers have stopped waiting.
A growing revolt in rural Maryland counties against Gov. Martin O'Malley's new gun law has spread to far Western Maryland, where the sheriff of Garrett County declared this week that the measure was unconstitutional and that he would enforce only the provisions he believes are valid.
Criticism mounted Thursday over the gift of a National Rifle Association lifetime membership from Anne Arundel County Republicans to a boy who was suspended from school in March when he chewed a pastry into the shape of a pistol.
Despite a threat to leave Maryland if strict gun-control laws passed, Beretta USA said it has no plans to abandon its headquarters on the Potomac. At least a dozen other states have tried to woo gun makers elsewhere, hoping for piece of a the booming gun industry fueled, analysts say, by fear of new gun laws.