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Gun buyers swamp stores to beat October purchase laws

With less than a month to go before stricter gun-control laws go into effect, Maryland State Police and gun dealers are swamped with “unprecedented” requests by would-be gun owners.

And the libs still claim the American public is on their side on this?

gunconstitutionIt’s like clockwork. With every publicity-drenched mass shooting like the Newtown school massacre, Americans rush to arm themselves.

Every time a state government restricts the Second Amendment, as Colorado did with a law that took effect July 1 and Maryland is scheduled to do Oct. 1, gun sales soar.

And every time a man named Barack Obama gets elected president, gun stores can’t keep enough in stock.

In other words, each time the American populace feels threatened, whether by evil from individuals or an overbearing government, it takes the steps a free people need to defend itself.

In Maryland, the 85,000 gun-purchase applications the State Police have received this year are 15,000 higher than all of last year, and almost double the 46,339 applications for 2011, according to the Washington Times.

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

They might have seen it coming, but were powerless to handle it efficiently. Only about 47,000 of the applications have been processed, Black said.

And that’s made for wait times of months for gun purchasers the government had no business delaying, gun store workers say.

Under Maryland’s current laws, a gun purchaser must submit an application that’s used by the State Police to check 16 databases – 16! – to make sure the purchaser is not prohibited by law from owning a weapon.

Under the new law handgun magazines are limited to 10 rounds, 45 guns are added to the list of banned “assault weapons” and purchasers must submit fingerprints and take pass a gun safety course.

It also requires prospective gun buyers to submit their fingerprints and to obtain a handgun qualification license that includes taking a gun safety and proficiency course. (The National Rifle Association has already announced a court challenge for when the law takes effect.)

For one customer, whose qualifications were flawless under the current “less restrictive” law, the backlogs in the system meant a delay of five months, a gun store employee in Waldorf, Md., told the Times.

“This person passed all the requirements — gun safety training, no criminal background — but that’s five months to get a background check,” the employee said. “I don’t mind doing a background check, but what’s the holdup? I understand they’re getting a lot of applications, but why is it taking so long?”

There are a couple of lessons to be drawn here that libs refuse to learn.

One is that government, even when it’s supposed to be prepared – as the State Police were in Maryland – is simply incapable of meeting all the needs of its populace all the time – and that includes the need for protection. (“Why is it taking so long?” isn’t a question anybody wants to be asking if they find themselves needing a gun.)

The second, and more important, is that for all the media hype and the libs’ hyperbole, Americans at bottom understand that self-defense is an individual right and responsibility.

Because after crazed killers perpetrate Newtown massacres, or liberal lawmakers get their way in Colorados and Marylands, the public takes steps to defend itself.

Like clockwork, they do it every time.

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