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Maryland gun applications overwhelm police, dealers as tough limits draw near

by Meredith Somers-The Washington Times  |  published on September 5, 2013

Maryland is experiencing a run on guns before some of the toughest firearms laws in the nation take effect next month, testing the limits of state police to process the tens of thousands of additional applications being submitted.

State Police say that through Aug. 31 they had received 85,141 gun-purchase applications this year. For all of last year, police received 70,099 applications and in 2011 they received 46,339 applications.

“We’re looking at unprecedented numbers,” Maryland State Police Sgt. Marc Black said. “We saw this coming.”

Gun dealers say they also have been overwhelmed ahead of the law’s Oct. 1 effective date.

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