Md. Attorney General praises passage of ghost gun bill

MARYLAND- Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is praising the passage of an anti-ghost gun bill through both houses of the Maryland Legislature.

He tells us the measure would criminalize those who purchased the self-assembled, serial number-less weapons online and require online vendors to perform background checks and take down information from those who purchase them.

He says normal firearms all have unique serial numbers, the removal of which is a felony. The serial numbers help police to track weapons during the course of cases, as well as track the ownership of a handgun. Ghost guns presented away to sidestep regulations, by selling parts of guns over the internet that users then assembled at home. When assembled into a full handgun, those weapons did not have serial numbers.

Attorney General Frosh tells 47abc, he believes this is a product that allowed criminals prohibited from owning handguns as well as minors under the legal carrying age to purchase weapons, and in many instances use them to commit acts of violence.

“This is not for collectors, or for enthusiasts we are seeing those with felony convictions purchasing these guns and also children who cannot legally own a weapon buy them and often assembling them in under 2 hours,” AG Frosh said.

He says the bill would add additional criminal penalties, on top of felony possession by persons prohibited if these ghost guns are seized during the course of an arrest or investigation.

“The bill says you are selling these kits in Maryland you better make sure they are serialized and the people you are selling them to pass the background check so it puts the onus on the manufacturer making these kits,” AG Frosh said.

He tells us, the bill also criminalizes the possession of 3D printed handguns, but as they lack a manufacturer to hold accountable the measure can only criminalize possession, not distribution of the instructions on how to produce them.

He tells he is confident the measure will be enacted, as it passed with a large enough majority to reverse any potential veto from Governor Hogan.

 

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