By Rashee Raj Kumar, Capital News Service
Friday, January 18
Fears of new gun control regulations proposed by President Barack Obama and Gov. Martin O’Malley have intensified sales at Maryland gun shops. While the boost in sales has bolstered gun dealer’s profits, it has also led to a shortage in the supply of guns in the state, especially assault rifles, gun shop owners said. "Everybody is panicking. Every day has been absolutely crazy for the last three weeks," Henry Calvert, president of Calvert Firearms, Inc. in North East, a town in Cecil County, said of his customers. “It’s a bear market. Everyone is purchasing everything that comes in." Obama proposed a set of gun control regulations on Wednesday, which included a universal background check for all gun sales and a ban on military-style …
O'Malley will continue to update residents from MEMA headquarters through the weekend.
Update, 6:00 p.m.: Gov. Martin O’Malley and MEMA Executive Director Richard Muth laid out details of the state’s preparation for Hurricane Irene late Friday, saying the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is likely to be closed in the early evening Saturday. O'Malley said he plans to sleep at MEMA headquarters in Reisterstown Saturday night to keep abreast of storm response. After the storm, it will be up to local jurisdictions to determine when people can return to evacuated areas. Decisions will be determined by the amount of damage as well as the presence of water barriers. He said the Bay Bridge is likely to close in the early evening hours on Saturday depending on winds and where the storm is located but people should not wait until Saturday to …