Here's the follow-up news coverage. The morons think they had a booming success, removing "nearly 200 guns" from the possession of people who were never going to commit a crime with them anyway. It's no wonder the liberal municipalities are all going broke, they're run by financial idiots.
And as far as the little back-and-forth spat at the end here... if you go back in the thread you can clearly see what happened, and Dreamer is right, at least as far as I believe most people in freedom-loving states would understand it.
When I read the term "private sale," that means that I can buy or sell an item from or to another person privately. Face To Face has nothing to do with it, that's just geography and a lack of shipping. The obviously important part of the equation is that "private" has the opposite meaning of "public," meaning that there are no government papers or databases recording that transaction.
Dreamer said private sales are illegal in Maryland. swinokur responded to a completely different question, saying that you may transfer Face To Face, which again, means nothing other than geography and lack of common carrier shipping. There is no significant difference between buying a gun from a dealer and a private person in Maryland, and that is the point that Dreamer was making.
When you think about it, virtually ALL guns sales in the entire United States are between two private entities, the only exception being some rare government surplus sales. Current Administration desires notwithstanding, for the time being at least, all companies in the United States are privately owned, either by individuals or groups of individuals, but not the government (again, certain Administration "bailout" programs notwithstanding*). The important question is how much does the government stick their nose into these private transactions?
JMHO, for what its worth.
* It's amazing how many exceptions to our non-socialistic society we have to make because of the current Administration...