Recent Outbreaks Of Violence Cause Some To Question Gun Control Laws

guns
MaryBubala210

Reporting Mary Bubala

Filed under
Local, News, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Watch + Listen
Related tags
Gun Control, Gun Control Laws, gun violence, Guns, Maryland Gun Control
Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries

Car Snapped: Celebrities Caught On The GoCar Snapped: Celebrities Caught On The Go

Celebrity TwinsCelebrity Twins

Notable Deaths Of 2012Notable Deaths Of 2012

All-Time Father-Son Celebrity DuosAll-Time Father-Son Celebrity Duos

25 Downs: NFL Injuries Over The Years25 Downs: NFL Injuries Over The Years

» More Photo Galleries

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Right now, your neighbors could be stockpiling weapons in their homes—and it’s perfectly legal. In light of recent violence, some question whether the law makes it too easy to do so. Mary Bubala explores the passionate debate over gun control.

Guns are at the center of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, and in a shootout with police at Texas A&M. In Maryland, police arrested a man who threatened to kill his boss.

“The very first priority was eliminate the threat and that’s what we did,” said Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark McGaw.

In all these cases, the suspects amassed an arsenal of weapons in their homes.

Just weeks after the Batman movie shooting, Neil Prescott called his former boss from his Crofton apartment, warning “I’m a joker and I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up.”

“The key piece here is it didn’t happen,” McGaw said.

Inside Prescott’s apartment, police discovered two dozen guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Every weapon Prescott owned, he bought legally. WJZ obtained his application to become a gun collector, which was approved. He could buy as many guns as he wanted.

“There are therefore no gun charges that the state can bring at this time,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

Alsobrooks prosecuted Prescott. She believes Maryland gun laws should be re-examined to weed out people who shouldn’t have a collector’s permit, including people with mental illness.

State police records show in four months last year, Prescott bought 13 firearms.

“We have a fresh opportunity to look at it and make sure that we do not have a Colorado occur here,” Alsobrooks said. “This is the time to look at it, not after something has happened that is God-awful.”

“I think they’re making America a lot more dangerous than it should be,” said gunshot victim Matt Fenton.

Fenton thinks gun laws are way too loose. He’ll never forget the night someone robbed him, shot him and left him to die.

“I said, `Okay, now that you’ve got what you want, why don’t you just leave?’ That’s when the guy shot me,” Fenton said.

Under Maryland law, a person can buy 12 guns a year with background checks and training. But if you have a collector’s permit, you can buy many more guns.

“You’d be surprised how many of your neighbors own a lot of firearms,” said Paul Schinol, Constitutional Firearms.

Schinol says anyone eligible to buy a gun in Maryland can fill out a form and get a collector’s permit, allowing them to buy as many guns as they can afford.

“The designated collectors are probably the last people you have to worry about,” he said.

The right to bear arms is guaranteed in the Constitution, so no one monitors what people do once they get their guns.

“We live in a free society. This is America,” said Daniel Statkus.

Statkus is a gun collector and NRA instructor. He doesn’t think the gun collector designation is a bad idea.

“Anything can be abused,” he said. “People have different reasons for doing the things they do. You can’t regulate that. You can’t stop it.”

“I think there are always opportunities to strengthen what we have but I can tell you that I’m concerned about it,” Alsobrooks said. “We’ve seen it play itself out.”

Maryland has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Only two other states and the District of Columbia limit purchases of regulated firearms to one a month without a collector’s permit.


 Recent Outbreaks Of Violence Cause Some To Question Gun Control Laws
By CapitalBay Online 11/19/2012 15:27:00

Socialize

@Capitalbay1 You can follow the latest updates on Twitter, Capitalbay News website

Entertainment

Demi Lovato: "I Have Nothing in Common" With Miley Cyrus

She really don't care! Demi Lovato addressed the status of her relationship with her former best friend and fellow Disney darling Miley Cyrus while fielding fans' questions on Boston's The TJ Show on Monday, Nov. 24.
Demi Lovato: "I Have Nothing in Common" With Miley Cyrus

Lorenzo Lamas shares kiss at charity launch at Playboy

Lorenzo Lamas shares a kiss with his ex-wife Shauna Sand as they launch a charity campaign at the Playboy Mansion back in 1996
Lorenzo Lamas shares kiss at charity launch at Playboy

Katy Perry leads celebrities on Twitter reacting to Darren Wilson verdict

Celebrities took to Twitter on Monday to react to the news that police officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Katy Perry leads celebrities on Twitter reacting to Darren Wilson verdict

Rihanna posts adorable video of cousin's daughter

Rihanna posts adorable Instagram video of cousin's tiny daughter
Rihanna posts adorable video of cousin's daughter

British TV wins big at International Emmy Awards

Britain led at the International Emmy Awards, with three trophies going to British television series at the ceremony honoring the best TV programming outside the United States.
British TV wins big at International Emmy Awards

Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall in row with the mayor of Liverpool over development of city's green spaces

Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall has become embroiled in a row with the mayor of Liverpool over plans to sell off a piece of land to make way for a housing development.
Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall in row with the mayor of Liverpool over development of city's green spaces

Katy Perry confirmed as halftime performer for 2015 Super Bowl in new advert

She will entertain the masses during football's biggest night.
Katy Perry confirmed as halftime performer for 2015 Super Bowl in new advert

Recent Comments

SUBSCRIBE MAILING LIST

By subscribing You will recieve our latest news. Your information will not be shared with anyone.