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After system outage, MSP reports being caught up on gun buyer background checks

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Posted at 11:55 AM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 12:02:09-04

REISTERSTOWN, Md. — After four days of working around-the-clock, Maryland State Police say they're all caught up on background checks for gun buyers.

On June 21, a database went down for three days causing a backlog of more than 2000 pending gun purchase applications.

Many had to wait beyond a required seven day period to take home their newly purchased guns.

Police had to first go back and process 50 plus applicants who already received their guns before a background check could be completed, because the waiting period had already expired.

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Luckily, no regulated firearms were released to any prohibited persons during the system outage, police say.

All applications are now being completed within the seven day waiting period required by Maryland law.