Even Maryland's strict gun control laws would not have stopped Aaron Alexis from getting the shotgun he used to go on a rampage in the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard.
When the September 16 Navy Yard shooting took place, gun control advocates immediately blamed the AR-15. In fact, on the very day of the shooting, Senator Dianne Fienstein (D-CA) tried to revive the gun control debate, which always means banning "assault weapons" in her view.
But once it was determined the shooter used a shotgun purchased in Virginia instead of an AR, the blame immediately turned to VA's lax gun laws. WAMU.88.5 reported DC Mayor Vincent Gray saying, "Virginia's gun laws have made the District less safe."