The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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June 13, 2013

Demand for guns swamps background check system

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“It’s a violation of the rights of our customers — they’re coming in and demanding,” said Stephen Schneider, owner of Atlantic Guns in Silver Spring and president of the Maryland Licensed Firearm Dealers Association, which is a party to the lawsuit.

“For a lot of dealers, their backs are to the wall,” Schneider said. “You have a lot of inventory that’s tied up in a product that you can’t deliver.

“Truthfully, we don’t really want to deliver without knowing that we are transferring that firearm to someone legally allowed to own it. We don’t really want to have to do that, but a lot of dealers feel that they have no choice.”

The delays haven’t bothered all gun buyers.

A few minutes after Schulte picked up his pistol, Mark Disque of Cape St. Claire stopped by Pasadena Pawn and Gun. He wanted to collect the .22-caliber Sig Sauer Mosquito pistol he’d picked out in March for his 14-year-old son to use for target practice at a farm owned by a family friend. It took 85 days for state police to return his paperwork, but he was glad the state police were being thorough.

“If you’re legal and honest about it, you shouldn’t mind having to wait,” Disque said.

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