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Maryland's Gun Control Law Goes Into Effect

It limits magazines to 10 rounds and requires new gun owners to get fingerprinted and take a training class.
FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - More than 300 laws went into effect in Maryland on Tuesday, and one of the most controversial laws is the gun control law.

The process for buying and selling a gun in Maryland is changing a lot.

"It does require licensing of guns. It requires a background check. It does limit the size of the magazines," said Sen. Ron Young, (D) - Frederick and Washington Counties.

Young cosponsored the new law. It also limits magazines to 10 rounds and requires new gun owners to get fingerprinted and take a training class.

"We're trying to be able to trace guns better and to get keep them out of the hands of the wrong people as much as possible," Young said. 

Bob Wilson, who owns Stateline Gun Exchange in Emmitsburg, has a different take on the law.

"I don't think the law is going to do what the legislature really had in mind," Wilson said. "The only thing it's going to do is restrict the rights of law abiding citizens."

Wilson says he's seen the gun control law have the opposite effect on gun sales with sales skyrocketing, especially on the day before the law went into effect.

"We have a lot of people coming in that told us, 'My wife and I never wanted to have a gun in our home. Now that the government is telling us that we can't have it and that we shouldn't have it, we're going to go ahead and get one,'" Wilson said. 

Young says he believes the law will make the streets of Maryland safer.

"Some people argue with it, but many gun owners I know have no problem with it," Young said.  "Nobody's taking a hunter's gun away. Nobody's taking a gun away from someone having one in their house for self-protection."

To read the entire gun control law, click here.
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