Maryland Legislature Considering a Bill to Link Gun Registry to Criminal Database
The Maryland House of Delegates is considering a bill that would link Maryland’s gun registry to its criminal database.
Maryland law makers are concerned that the State Police are unable to determine if a person that is convicted of a felony or violent crime possesses a gun. To solve this problem, they have proposed a bill that would link the two databases and allow the State Police to find offenders faster.
State law requires gun owners to surrender their weapons if they’re convicted of felonies or any violent crimes.
Maryland State Police estimate that if the databases are linked they would find 10% of registered gun owners – about 110,000 people that would be disqualified from possessing a firearm.
The propose legislation would allow the State Police to run check at least twice a year.
The Department of Legislative Services says it would cost about $300,000 to create the database. The department also anticipates a need for seven new full-time troopers to investigate findings from the new database, with a cost of more than $1 million a year for salaries and equipment.
There are about 1.1 million records in Maryland’s gun registry and more than 3 million in the criminal database.
Several independent gun advocates submitted written testimony before a Tuesday hearing. They argued against the measure, calling it unnecessary and potentially invasive.
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