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Maryland State Police gun application process goes digital

by George Lettis | WBALTV.com  |  Published on December 28, 2016

BALTIMORE —
Maryland State Police are promising more efficiency when it comes to the process people must go through to buy guns.

The gun application process is going digital, a new requirement borne out of Maryland’s sweeping gun legislation it passed in 2013.

The state police website goes live Sunday. The website is a portal where prospective gun buyers will have to apply online.

Currently, those who have a handgun qualification license, and want to buy a regulated firearm have to submit a handwritten application to a gun dealer or state police, which then send it to the state police licensing division.

Starting in 2017, it’s all digital and meant to improve customer service, state police said.

“It helps everybody in the process, particularly the buyer and the dealer, the firearms dealer, because there’s no paperwork. There’s no problem with maybe, illegible handwriting, and you can submit the application and pay that $10 application fee online,” said Elena Russo, with Maryland State Police.

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