The Baltimore Sun to discontinue gun ads

March 27, 1993|By Staff Report

Effective April 5, The Baltimore Sun will no longer accept classified advertising for guns and gun shows.

Company officials said yesterday that they hope the new policy will slow the unlicensed sale of guns. In the past, classified advertisements in The Sun and The Evening Sun have provided an unregulated market for the sale of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The new policy will eliminate that market.

People who buy handguns from a dealer must wait seven days to pick them up while state police check the background of the purchaser.

The waiting period does not apply to those who buy handguns from classified ads or at gun shows.

Advertisements that have already been accepted will be published through April 30. As of May 1, gun ads will be eliminated from the classified sections.

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