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Maryland Gun Buyers Locked Out by a Computer Hardware Failure Causing Backlog

Gun buyers in Maryland faced an additional hurdle in the highly strictly gun controlled state after a computer hardware failure prevented background checks from taking place. The computer running the background system crashed on Sunday, leading to an indefinite suspension of services. Gun buyers were forced to wait for almost two weeks as the state requires a seven day waiting period after purchase.

Maryland State Police directed gun dealers not to release firearms purchased during the period. The state requires firearm buyers to obtain permits before buying a gun. Maryland state police then perform background checks on the licenses before releasing the purchase to the owner.

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Despite the hardware failure, the process is more complicated than in other states and requires a lot of bureaucracy, which causes delays. The new orders instructing gun dealers not to release firearms also contradict the state's firearms laws, which allow the release of the gun when an instantaneous background check takes more than seven days to process. Such a provision was made to address situations when the state police could not complete background checks.

The state police promised buyers faster processing after the restoration of the background checks system. However, the agency said the accumulated applications would take days to clear and urged buyers to be patient. Employees in the licensing division were forced to work overtime, and the department organized to have employees working around the clock to clear the backlog.

The state's information and technology division restored the system on Thursday but was yet to determine what caused the fault. However, the computer department said no data was compromised during the crash.


Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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