The system failure affected the licensing division’s ability to complete background investigations for regulated firearm purchase applications, handgun qualification license applications and state wear-and-carry permit applications.
The background checks and a mandatory seven-day waiting period are required before handguns can be purchased. State police had asked registered dealers to withhold sales until the background checks could be completed, but they were not required to.
“The licensing division continues to work with Maryland’s licensed firearms dealers to track any regulated firearm released after the waiting period, but before full completion of the background check process,” a state police statement said.
State police said 52 firearms were released to customers after the seven-day waiting period passed, and were the first to undergo background checks when they resumed. None of those individuals were found to have been prohibited from obtaining a firearm.
State police said that even with employees working 24 hours a day, it will take “several days” for employees to work through the remaining applications that should have been previously processed.