Maryland processing record number of gun applications

PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Police says state employees from other agencies are helping to process a record number of firearm purchase applications.

State Police officials have been overwhelmed with applications ahead of the start of a gun control measure that gives Maryland some of the nation's tightest gun laws. Officials say that as of Friday the Maryland State Police Licensing Division has received 88,884 firearms purchase applications and 48,934 of those applications have been processed. That's compared with 70,099 applications in all of 2012.

Officials say data entry personnel from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of Transportation, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Department of Human Resources, and the Department of Juvenile Services are now helping. Each agency has between 25 and 40 people inputting application information.