Do you know the process? It might not be what you think.
Tuesday, February 19
By Allen Etzler, Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS - I was brought up around firearms. I was taught to treat them with respect, but not fear them. So, three months after turning 21, right around Christmas, I decided it was time to buy my first handgun. My stepfather, who is my lifelong firearms instructor, informed me that buying a handgun would be a long process. The most fun part of the process would be deciding what I wanted to buy. I wanted the gun for target shooting. I wanted something with inexpensive ammunition, and that was easy to operate, reliable and accurate. I also wanted something fairly affordable, because it was a Christmas present from my parents. Dec. 16: Nine days before Christmas, I walked into Hendershots Sporting …
Dayvon M. Green did not have to undergo a background check for a second gun under Maryland gun laws that Gov. Martin O'Malley would like changed.
Monday, February 18
By Rashee Raj Kumar, Allen Etzler and Kelyn Soong, Capital News Service Under Maryland law, Dayvon M. Green, the University of Maryland graduate student identified as the shooter in last week's apparent murder-suicide in College Park, had to undergo a state background check to purchase the 9mm handgun used to kill his roommate. But Green, who was schizophrenic, according to reports, did not have to undergo a state background check to purchase the semi-automatic Uzi .22 caliber rifle police found fully loaded next to his body. The tragic events in College Park have raised questions about the effectiveness of state gun laws in preventing the sale of deadly firearms to those suffering from mental illness. Before the College Park shooting, …