Maryland State Police are in overdrive trying to keep up with tens of thousands of firearm applications in advance of the new gun control laws that take effect next week.
A Maryland delegate is asking the attorney general whether it’s legal for state police to allow up to 200 employees from five agencies to view prospective gun buyers’ information as the state churns through an application backlog.
State police are dealing with a massive backlog as they try to process thousands of background checks on people waiting to buy handguns in Maryland. And in some cases, that delay has helped guns fall into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.
Connecticut officials are setting aside millions of dollars to address backlogs in background checks that have soared into the thousands since the December school shooting in the state, which is one of several struggling with bottlenecks as people rush to buy guns ahead of new restrictions.
The Prince George’s County sheriff’s office says deputies have yet to serve 642 felony warrants, part of an overall backlog of more than 50,000 outstanding warrants and writs.