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Gun Sales In Washington Spike, Authorities Can't Keep Up With Sales

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Washington's handgun database lags behind sales
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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Washington residents are buying handguns too fast for police to keep up.
    
The state's firearms database is months behind.  The Department of Licensing began November with a backlog of about 106,000 pistol transfers to enter into the database used by city, county and state authorities to find owners of handguns that turn up during investigations.
    
Last week, employees in the state agency were handling purchases made in March.The department is asking the governor and lawmakers for $409,000 in next year's supplemental budget to hire several part-timers to clear away the paperwork that is piling up.
    
While it doesn't appear the situation is causing any trouble, law enforcement leaders want it taken care of because the database is heavily used.
    
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