Newtown Commemorates 1 Week Anniversary Of School Massacre

Handgun sales suffer after implementation of stringent gun law

by Michael A. Sawyers, Cumberland Times-News  |  published on October 25, 2013

CRESAPTOWN — Jim Moore sells guns.

Moore said Wednesday that handgun sales at Moore’s Gun Shop in Cresaptown before Oct. 1 were the best ever and after that date, the worst ever.

“We were selling three handguns a day before Oct. 1,” Moore said. “We’ve sold three total since then, but then that’s what the governor wanted.”

On Oct. 1, a new law kicked in making handgun purchasing more difficult. Customers now must purchase a license allowing them to buy a handgun. Fingerprinting is required, as is live firing of one round in the presence of a certified instructor.

Gov. Martin O’Malley successfully pushed for the laws, which were approved in the General Assembly. Restrictions have also been placed upon the sale of military style rifles. The legislation was spawned by the firearm tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in December and the deaths of young students there.

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