Brisk trade for gun shops in shadow of Navy Yard shooting

by Wilson Dizard | AlJazeera America  |  published on September 19, 2013

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LAUREL, Md. — Above the counter at Constitutional Firearms in Laurel, Md., an excerpt of the Constitution is painted in bold letters here: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

At Atlantic Guns in nearby Silver Spring, a sticker by the door proclaims, “Crime Control Not Gun Control.”

Both stores are doing a brisk trade, if the number of customers passing through their doors Wednesday was anything to go by. Just days after a mass shooting at the Washginton Navy Yard left 13 people dead, including the suspect, gun owners continued to stock up on firearms at shops bordering the capital. And most shoppers were of the same mind: Shooting tragedies are a problem that federal gun laws can’t solve.

“You can’t legislate away evil,” said Maryland lawyer Richmond T.P. Davis, who was visiting Atlantic Guns Wednesday.

The District of Columbia, where the shooting happened, has tough rules for owning any kind of firearm, and until just a few years ago handguns were banned completely.

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