Carroll County commissioners allow secondhand gun dealers to keep paper records

The Board of County Commissioners approved Thursday allowing secondhand firearms dealers to keep paper records instead of requiring they use the Regional Automated Property Information Database, or RAPID, system.

Carroll commissioners expressed concerns with county requirements earlier this summer and the effects the theft-monitoring system could have on the secondhand gun dealers in Carroll.


“We weren’t thrilled about entering our customers’ information into another database,” said Debbie Wilhide, co-owner of Taneytown gun shop Lock Stock & Barrel at last month’s public hearing.

“And,” she said, “it was another thing our customers were concerned with.”

Commissioners approved the changes to the county ordinance in a 5-0 vote.

Secondhand firearms dealers are already required by the state to retain records of all transactions. But since September 2007, Carroll County has also required dealers to send all purchase records to local law enforcement by 10 a.m. the following day to check for stolen property.

Pawnbrokers and other secondhand dealers are also subject to this requirement.

In 2015, at Sheriff Jim DeWees’ request, the county added a requirement for secondhand dealers to uniformly record their purchases in RAPID — a database with subscriptions that costs about $260 annually.

Wilhide said she supports the changes, as did the Vosburgh family — owners of Westminster gun shop Brownstone Trading Company — who were also present at the public hearing.

“It might not sound like a lot of money,” Carroll County Sportsmen’s Association President Matt Guilfoyle said, “but it could take Ms. Wilhide from Taneytown months to make that money back.

“Profits from gun sales are down with President [Donald] Trump,” he said. “So every dollar makes a difference.”

All other pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers must submit their records in accordance with RAPID requirements, according to the county ordinance.