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Gun applications skyrocket after election

by BEN WEATHERS,  |  published on December 2, 2012

Following the re-election of President Barack Obama last month, applications for gun ownership nearly doubled statewide.

In the weeks following the Nov. 6 election, applications for gun ownership increased 83 percent, according to a Maryland State Police spokeswoman.

The state police are receiving an average of 1,200 to 2,000 applications per week — up from roughly 800 a week prior to the election, police spokeswoman Elena Russo said.

“The day after the election is when the numbers skyrocketed nationwide, including in Maryland,” Russo said.

The soaring interest in guns is attributed to Obama’s remark in one of the presidential debates about the need to renew an assault rifle ban.

Applications for gun ownership have long been considered an indicator of future sales. The number of applications has increased steadily over the past two years.

Russo could not provide numbers specifically for Anne Arundel County.

As of Nov. 14, applications for this year had increased 18 percent from all of 2011 and 43 percent from 2010, according to numbers provided by the state police.

Bill Loane, manager of Pasadena and Pawn, said he had seen a dramatic increase in gun purchases the past few weeks. Sales at the shop have been increasing since Obama was elected in 2008, he said.

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