MARYLAND - Maryland State Police say 345 people banned from owning guns in Maryland were still able to purchase them in 2013, because state police were overwhelmed with background check requests.
That includes felons, fugitives, and people with a history of mental illness. Maryland law allows gun dealers to give out firearms after waiting seven days, even if the background check hasn't been completed.
Police say they have recovered all but three of the firearms that were sold to people who were barred from owning them.
"I certainly want to point out that out of 128,640 purchase applications that were processed by Maryland state police as part of the 2013 numbers, there were only 1,139 applications that were disapproved under state or federal law," Maryland State Police Spokesperson Greg Shipley said.
The surge in gun purchase applications in Maryland was largely sparked by a tough new gun-control law that took effect in October of last year.