Maryland's new gun law is now in effect.
For handgun purchases, that means buyers will need proof they've been through firearms training (unless they've purchased a firearm before). They would also need to be fingerprinted, and pay a licensing fee.
Last week opponents filed a lawsuit saying the law violates the 2nd Amendment.
But on Monday Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler argued that opponents waited too long to file that lawsuit. A ruling on that issue is expected to come on Tuesday.
Meanwhile there have been reports that gun stores around the state have been selling out of handguns, in the run up to that law going into effect..
Neil Kravitz's job is to transfer weapons from one person to another, legally, in the state of Maryland.
“The number of hours that I'm putting in per day are telling me that we're doing a lot more than we've ever done before,” he said.
If you buy a gun on line, or from an out of state dealer, that gun will be shipped to someone like Kravitz first -- to fill out paperwork and have it submitted to the state and federal government.
For the past 15 years, he's handled between 300 and 500 transfers a year. So far this year? More than 1000.
“I think people are scared. Matter of fact I know they are,” he said. “They're afraid they're going to lose their rights to own a gun. That's what this is about.”
Kravitz says the run-up to the law has led to a run on handguns like he's never seen before.
“A full charge. I'd say run would pale in comparison to what's actually gone on,” he said.
Supporters of the gun law say it's about keeping families safer.
“I have never been prouder to be in Maryland until the day that this passed. I feel safer knowing that my children are going to live in a state where the best law for gun violence in the country exists,” said Jenifer Pauliukonis of the group “Moms Demand Action” at a news conference in September.
The new law also carries other restrictions on the purchase of certain kinds of rifles. And magazines will be limited to 10 rounds instead of 20.
“It is a systematic approach to disarmament. It's a systematic approach to tell people that guns are bad,” Kravitz said.
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