Good for them, staying in business despite government interference.
Via Baltimore Sun:
Much has changed in the 60 years since Clyde Blamberg’s late father, also named Clyde, opened Clyde’s Sport Shop in Lansdowne, selling worms to fishermen from a roadside stand before building a small store.
There are not as many “hardcore fishermen,” said Blamberg, who took over the shop alongside his brother William “Bill” Blamberg after their father’s death in the 1980s.
Hunting grounds are diminishing, and “there’s not as many people getting outside as we would like,” he said.
The 77-year-old Blamberg said one thing, however, is still the same: the demand for firearms.
“You have people that, you gotta have one more,” Blamberg said. “Once you get hooked, and you get out there and either hunt or target shoot, if you enjoy it, it’s a good pastime.”
The inside of Clyde’s, a one-story brick building on Hammonds Ferry Road a half-mile from the Baltimore City line, is covered in camouflage and neon yellow fishing lures, and smells faintly of cigarette smoke. Rifles line the back walls above ammunition, behind a locked case of handguns. A poster of the Second Amendment declaring the “right to bear arms” hangs above the door to the back workshop.
Blamberg and 11-year employee Rich Bohle said that during the current deer hunting season in Maryland, the shop is busy with customers from all over, from Lansdowne to Catonsville to West Virginia.
Blamberg estimated that “95 percent of the community” is supportive of the shop. Still, selling firearms in a state known for its strict gun laws comes with growing challenges, he said.
Last month, the Supreme Court declined to hear the case against a Maryland gun control measure — one Blamberg called “very unconstitutional” — that passed in 2013 as a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.
The law requires Marylanders to apply for a license to buy a handgun, and bans a list of firearms deemed “assault weapons.” It also restricts magazine capacity to 10 rounds. The court’s decision left the law in place.
The regulations affect the sales process at Clyde’s, which sells both handguns, which require a license, and rifles and shotguns, which do not. Helping customers understand regulations — and turning down a sale when one does not qualify — can be a challenge, Blamberg said.
In addition to adhering to regulations, selling guns in Maryland can also draw public criticism. According to a federal registry, Maryland had 474 licensed gun dealers as of October, a number that could include individuals, gun shops, pawn shops and security companies.
Chuck Spafford, owner of Lansdowne’s other gun shop, Tyler Firearms, declined an interview, saying he had been misquoted in the past.