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Maryland's gun background check backlog
Maryland's gun background check backlog

When government is given a job to do in seven days and it takes 10 weeks instead, anger and frustration is likely to be heard. Such is the case with the background checks for gun purchases. The Maryland State Police has a backlog, and gun dealers and purchasers alike aren't happy about waiting 10 times longer than intended. But let's also keep the problem in perspective. This clearly isn't an effort to deliberately inconvenience gun purchasers. State police are simply swamped with applications — the equivalent of four years of applications were received in the last four months. And it appears they've taken sensible steps to try to keep up with the backlog,...