Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Facing Fingerprinting Backlog Due To Increased Handgun Purchases

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Governor Larry Hogan recently made it easier to obtain a permit in Maryland.

Frederick, Md. (NS) – A few weeks ago, Governor Larry Hogan announced that the ‘Good and Substantial Reason’ law on carrying hand guns has been removed in Maryland.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Todd Wivell said that means more people are now applying to own.

“So, on July 5, Governor Hogan put out a release that it had changed now, and with that change, on July 7 the Maryland State Police put out a media advisory stating that you no longer had to have a good and substantial reason to have a handgun,” said Wivell.

He said this means more people are getting their fingerprints taken in order to obtain a Handgun Qualification License and permit, and now appointment times at the Sheriff’s Office are filling up.

Wivell added that you can book an appointment on their website

“So, if they go to our website, they can google ‘Frederick County Sheriff’s Office,’ make sure they pick the one in Maryland, not in Virginia, there is a fingerprint link right at the top of our page. If they click on that, it will walk them right through,” he explained.

Wivell emphasized that all fingerprinting is by appointment only, and the Sheriff’s Office will increase their hours this week to help with heightened demand.