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2 states tighten gun control - Apr 5th, 2013 - National

— Maryland's General Assembly has voted to tighten the state's already strong gun laws.

Lawmakers have sent to the governor for his signature legislation that would require people who buy a gun to submit fingerprints to state police.

In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed into law sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

— Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and hearing false rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel.

The demand is making it hard for gun stores to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.

The run started in November with President Barack Obama's re-election, followed by the shooting in December of children in Newtown, Conn. That massacre led the president to launch an effort to strengthen federal gun controls and several states to tighten laws.

Connecticut became the latest on Thursday. Hours before the law went into effect, hundreds of customers streamed out of Hoffman's Gun Center in Newington with guns and boxes of ammunition. Similar scenarios are playing out all over the country.