Candidate for Maryland Governor and Harford County Executive David R. Craig said using up to 200 front line employees at several state agencies to process record numbers of firearm purchase applications is the wrong approach that invites errors and security breaches.
“The people who are now entrusted with the sensitive task of processing background check information work at agencies that enable identity theft according to the state’s own auditors. Even more troubling, one of these agencies encouraged criminal activity among prison inmates,” said Craig, referring to the infamous case in which correction officers enabled a criminal gang to commandeer the state-owned Baltimore City Detention Center. “The agency whose operational personnel are charged with abetting criminal activity is now privy to sensitive information on tens of thousands of law-abiding citizens.”
Employees at the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene,Transportation, Public Safety and Correctional Services, Human Resources and Juvenile Services will be assigned to the new gun processing application detail. O’Malley successfully sought a $4 million supplemental appropriation to process the paperwork avalanche.
Background: Maryland State Police paperwork backlog
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