Tam would freely admit she is a collector of guns. She can go to a gunshow and pickup something cool, agree on the price, wait for 15 minutes as the paperwork gets hashed out, and then leave with piece in her pocket. A handgun. She is in Indiana (or, previously, Tennessee, and I think she bought guns in Georgia too.)
My Buddy The Gun Enthusiast can do that too. He's a different sort of accumulator from Tam, but he's still collector in his own right. He has a CCW permit in Virginia. Which means he can do that more than one time a month unlike the rest of the people in the state. (this is changing, now)
I cannot do this in Maryland. You have to wait 7 days before you can take possession while the state police sit on your application. So big gunshows don't happen in Maryland because this is too much a hassle for out of state sellers. The hassle can be overcome by motivated sorts that want a transaction to go through, but in reality it is too inconvenient.
End result... Why be a gun collector while living in Maryland. Or New Jersey, Minnesota, Rhode Island, &c. The gun culture in these places is gimped.
Of course the laws related to waiting periods makes no sense to its stated purpose. It's to ensure a criminal the Feds didn't notice don't get through the State cordon, to allow angry folks to calm down and repent their murderous intentions. But the State authorities already have me in the system, so they know instantly I have a pistol or three already. Shoot, my state knows the model and serial number of my pistols. If I intended mayhem why would I need the new pistol? Just let me walk home with it.
Yes. The gun culture in these places is gimped. And that was their intention from the start. Busybodies.
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