As it stands now, some guns are being sold and are being handed over to the buyers before Maryland gets around to doing the checks. And it's completely legal.
The Baltimore Sun notes:
An unprecedented surge of applications to purchase guns has overwhelmed Maryland's system for checking out the buyers. Dealers are required to wait seven days before releasing a firearm — which in the past has been enough time for the state police to complete the background check.
Lately, though, it's taken two months or more. Citing state law, some dealers have stopped waiting.How come gun friendly states don't seem to have these problems?
Are states like Maryland incompetent? Or do they deliberately under staff and ration resources, causing delays as an excuse to run to the feds for more intervention?
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