State reg­u­lated firearm ap­pli­ca­tion moves on­line

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Mary­land State Po­lice say the ap­pli­ca­tion process for buy­ing a reg­u­lated firearm is go­ing on­line Jan. 1.

Pur­chasers cur­rently must com­plete pa­per­work by hand and sub­mit it through a gun dealer or a state po­lice bar­racks.

The po­lice agency said Tues­day that on­line ap­pli­ca­tions will in­crease the ease and ef­fi­ciency of the process by elim­i­nat­ing leg­i­bil­ity is­sues and de­creas­ing data-en­try er­rors.

Ev­ery ap­pli­cant will need an email ac­count and a credit or debit card. The $10 ap­pli­ca­tion fee re­mains the same.

The on­line ap­pli­ca­tions will go di­rectly to the state po­lice li­cens­ing di­vi­sion. That starts the clock tick­ing on a seven-day wait­ing pe­riod while po­lice con­duct a re­quired back­ground check on the ap­pli­cant.

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