By JC Leahy
If you think you might like to own a gun in your lifetime, you might want to think about buying it asap. I just bought an AK47. The gun stores are overwhelmed and largely sold out. I think I got the last available AK47 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Aside from the shortage of actual guns in stores, buying a gun is not difficult. All you have to do is go to www.mdgunsafety.com, work your way through the Powerpoint-like presentation, print the little certificate at the end, and take the printout to the gun store. Mail the top stub of the printout to the police address given. The gun store will have you fill out 3 other forms. Then you have to wait for the police to approve you to have the gun. That's currently taking about 3 weeks.
Bottom line: buying a gun is simple, but you should think about doing it as soon as possible. Here are some additional gun buying resources. Atlantic Firearms has an online catalogue and shopping cart. Check it out. Also, my son-in-law points out an online classified site for private sales: gunbrokers.com