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Eastern Shore Opponents and Supporters Passionate About Md. Gun Laws

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Maryland's stricter gun laws had gun shop owner Jamie Wink of Princess Anne in a bit of a panic on Friday. 

A few of the laws will require fingerprints for handgun purchases, ban 45 types of assault weapons and limit gun magazines to 10 bullets. 

"Even by Oct. 1 they are not going to be ready for them," Wink said. "So you're talking about the first few months of this new bill here we are not going to be able to sell any guns and people won't be able to buy handguns or get the training they need." 

Some other opponents like Bill Sikora said the government jumped the gun way too fast.

"The problem now is that it's going to make it so much more difficult for law abiding citizens to buy a fire arm," Sikora said,  "fire arms are much more expensive because of these bans." 

But not all oppose the new changes.

"I am very ok with the government stepping in with the new gun law." said Adam Fongyen, "I lost someone close through a firearm and I hope they do a better job with other laws to protect people." 

And protecting people is what Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said he and his department do, but said that he opposes any law or regulation that infringes a person's right to own a gun.

"This is truly a victory for the criminals in the state of Maryland not for the law abiding citizen," Lewis said, "these laws will do nothing to impact the law abiding citizens and the ability to protect themselves who arm themselves and do what needs to be done not only as a citizen of Wicomico County but as an American." 

Eastern Shore senators Jim Mathias, Richard Colburn and E.J. Pipkin all voted against the measure.

The measure still needs Governor Martin O'Malley's signature to become law.



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