Law enforcement and court officials in Maryland are looking at ways to enforce the state’s gun-purchasing laws more strictly, after reports of individuals whose records should not have allowed them to buy a gun in Maryland were able to do so nonetheless.
The most recent case to come under scrutiny involves a man in Prince George’s County who, despite a mental health treatment background that should have barred him from gun purchases, was found to have been “passed” through a background check and thus purchased over a dozen firearms.
Currently, Maryland law requires a background check, mental health record check, and seven-day wait before a person can legally purchase a firearm. If a person’s history doesn’t meet the standards of the background check or mental health check, the law should bar him or her from buying a gun. However, the state doesn’t actually look at buyers’ mental health records – it merely asks them to state whether or not they have been admitted to a mental health facility for 30 days or more.
Now, a task force has been convened to discuss ways to improve enforcement of Maryland’s gun laws. The task force will meet regularly and present suggestions to state legislators.
Owning, keeping, or buying a gun in violation of Maryland’s gun laws are just a few of the possible gun crimes a person may be charged with – but being charged does not mean you are guilty. At Alpert Schreyer, a skilled Charles County gun crime defense lawyer can help you build an aggressive defense to fight for the best outcome and protect your legal rights. Call us today at (800) 489-1577 for a confidential phone consultation.