After much hesitation and concern, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will allow a gun show in Prince George’s County for the first time since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. In February 2013, the county placed a ‘temporary moratorium‘ on all gun shows in order to take ‘guns off the streets.’
This year, backlash forced the commission to reconsider. They have given the green light for the event, with some restrictions.
No live ammunition allowed on the premises of the Show Place Arena, where the show will take place. No dry-firing weapons. All firearms must have trigger locks. And at least five park police officers must be on duty providing security.
The NRA said that banning live ammo at a gun show is extremely rare, according to The Washington Post.
Additionally, the agency required a $12,000 rental fee and $5,000 more for security.
Safety precautions are important, especially in the wake of mass shootings, but do these guidelines go too far?
“I think they are trying to make it as hard as possible for a legal gun show to be held in the county,” said Dan Blasberg, president of Maryland Shall Issue, a gun rights advocacy organization.
After the Sandy Hook shooting, Maryland’s General Assembly thought stricter gun rules would help solve some of the violence. The Firearm Safety Act, signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, made it a misdemeanor to possess or use specified firearm ammunition during the commission of a crime of violence, limit the authorization for a person to wear, carry or transport a handgun, and designate some firearms as assault weapons.