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Gun Applications To Go Online January 1

December 7th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

As part of Maryland State Police efforts to improve customer service, the process of applying to purchase a regulated firearm is moving from paper forms filled out by hand, to an on-line automated system expected to increase efficiency and improve the process for both customers and firearms dealers. 

Beginning January 1, 2017, persons applying to purchase a regulated firearm in Maryland will conduct the entire process on-line via the Maryland State Police Licensing Portal.  This includes completing the application forms and paying the required application fee.  Individuals will be able to apply on-line using a computer, tablet, or mobile phone, regardless of the operating system.  All current web browsers are also supported by the new system.

Currently, a person wishing to purchase a regulated firearm must complete the required Form 77R and the related paperwork by hand.  This paperwork is submitted to a firearms dealer or State Police barrack and then forwarded to the Maryland State Police Licensing Division, where background checks are conducted to ensure the applicant is not prohibited from purchasing a regulated firearm. 

Little has changed in the questions and forms being completed as part of the purchase application process.  Applicants will continue to provide the same information currently required on the Form 77R. 

There will be two differences in the new process.  First, every applicant will need an email account.  This will enable the applicant to receive follow-up and reminder correspondence from the State Police Licensing Division.  Second, submission of the electronic application requires the use of a credit or debit card.  All transactions with the Licensing Division regarding regulated firearm purchases will be done by credit or debit card only, beginning January 1, 2017.  The $10 application fee will remain the same. 

When the on-line application is completed by a firearm dealer or barrack, it will be submitted electronically to the State Police Licensing Division, rather than being mailed or faxed as has been done in the past.  The electronic submission of the completed form by the dealer or barrack will begin the seven-day waiting period required by law, during which the required background checks are conducted to determine if the applicant is prohibited from purchasing a regulated firearm.  

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