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Pending requests won't need handgun qualification

Tuesday - 9/24/2013, 6:58pm  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland State Police say residents who have submitted handgun purchase applications before new requirements go into effect will not have to obtain a handgun qualification license.

The new law, which goes into effect Oct. 1, has prompted a huge increase in applications for firearm purchases. In the last two weeks, troopers say are applications are coming in at the rate of 1,000 per day.

The agency said Tuesday that troopers will not enforce the new requirements, which also include background checks and fingerprinting, on applications submitted by Sept. 30.

Troopers said as of Friday, slightly more than half of the more than 100,000 purchase applications received had been processed.

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