Judge denies restraining order in gun backlog case

Gun-rights groups sued state police over a potential privacy breach

September 19, 2013|By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun

An Anne Arundel County judge Thursday denied a request to stop the Maryland State Police from using data entry workers to process the background checks of gun buyers.

A coalition of four gun-rights group and an anonymous man from Anne Arundel County filed a lawsuit this week against the state police, alleging privacy breaches after the state deployed dozens of workers to input sensitive information about gun buyers into a database.

The groups alleged that information was transmitted over an unsecured network that could have left vulnerable thousands of Maryland gun buyers to identity theft. In a response, the Maryland State Police argued there had been no such thefts detected and newly instituted procedures assure they will not happen.

A judge, who was not identified in online court records, denied the request to stop processing the backlogged background checks, but scheduled a Sept. 27 hearing on the matter.

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