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ROCKVILLE, Md. -

On October 1st sweeping new gun control laws will go into effect in Maryland. And while the efforts are aimed at reducing the number of guns on the streets, right now it's having the opposite effect. Gun shop owners across Maryland they can't keep up with the demand, as customers rush to get in under the deadline. While sales are good now those store owners see a big cliff on the way.

Last spring, Governor Martin O’Malley created, pushed for and signed into law one of the strictest gun control laws in the country. And while right now business is red, but once this law goes into effect, gun dealers think sales could turn so cold they have to move their businesses out of Maryland.

The boom could go bust October 1st that's when Maryland bans 45 assault weapons, limit magazines clips to 10 rounds, forces buyers to submit to fingerprinting and safety classes.

O’Malley says the ban is aimed stopping mass shootings. But rather than limiting the number of assault weapons in Maryland, now business is booming. In 2011 there were 46 thousand gun permit applications in Maryland, in 2012, 70 thousand but with the ban looming that number has spiked at 85 thousand and counting.

It's been reported one of the biggest gun makers, Beretta is could move its factory out of Accokeek along with 400 jobs.

Across Maryland gun stores will have to decide if they'll stay, of if they'll go.

Maryland state police tell us they've been flooded with applications. Back in 2010 they received about 744 applications a week. This year, they are averaging 2,432 a week.


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