EVERETT, WA - Police can't keep up with the number of Washingtonians buying handguns.
The Department of Licensing is working on a backlog of more than 100,000 pistol transfers. Employees started entering those into a database last month and just last week were only handling purchases from March.
The database is heavily used by city, county and state authorities to find the owners of handguns that turn up during investigations. The situation is not causing trouble, but police do want it taken care of.
The department is asking state leaders for $409,000 in next year's supplemental budget to hire part-time employees to help with the backlog.