Marylanders are purchasing guns at a faster rate than they have in the past two years.
The Baltimore Sun reported this week that buyers have applied to purchase 117,009 guns this year and gun dealers have sold more firearms in the first nine months of this year than the total sold in 2011 and 2012 combined.
The sales rush coincides with a new state law that bans assault rifles. That law went into effect Tuesday.
According to the Sun, the sales rush created a backlog of more than 60,000 background checks for state police. State police told the Sun more than half the dealers have provided guns to buyers without state background checks being completed because by law dealers only have to wait seven days.