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Maryland State Police: all pending firearm purchase background checks complete following data system failure

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD—The Maryland State Police announced on Monday that four days of around-the-clock work resulted in the completion of all pending background investigations for regulated firearm purchase applicants that had been delayed due to a state data system failure.

Since the data system was restored at about 8:30 p.m. on June 24th, employees at the Maryland State Police Licensing Division worked 24-hours-a-day through 8:30 p.m. on Sunday to complete background checks on persons who had applied to purchase regulated firearms.

Police say priority was given to those who had received firearms after the mandated seven-day waiting period had expired, but before their background checks had been completed.

Licensing Division employees completed more than 2,000 background investigations for regulated firearm purchase applications during that four day period. They confirmed that no regulated firearms were released to any prohibited persons during this time.

As of Monday morning, Licensing Division employees have returned to normal shifts. All applications to purchase regulated firearms are now being completed within the seven day waiting period set forth in Maryland law.


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