In 2013, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed one of the nation’s toughest gun control laws. One year later, supporters of the law say that it is working.
The act went into effect on October 1, 2013. According to WBOC TV, gun deaths in Maryland are down some 24 percent in the first five months of 2014. Vincent Demarco, of the group Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, says that the act is not solely responsible for the reduction in gun deaths, but it has played a major part.
I commend law enforcement largely for the reduction of homicides. It has absolutely nothing to do with the passing of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. Nothing at all.
Passage of the law caused a rush of gun sales last year. Former police officer Michael Levy believes that the fact that more Marylanders are armed, coupled with the reduction in gun violence nationwide, are the main reasons for the reduction in gun violence in Maryland.
Now that we have more armed citizens in Maryland that are legally allowed to be armed that’s a contributing factor to the reduction in handgun crime, but overall death by firearms has been going down repeatedly for ten years in this country.
So far, the law has survived one court challenge. But there is another in the works. A hearing on the second challenge is taking place in U.S District Court in Baltimore today (July 22).
Here is a report from Salisbury, Maryland’s WBOC TV:
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