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Defending the fight for Maryland lawmakers to ban ghost guns – CBS Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – The Maryland Chapter on Mothers’ Need for Action for Gun Sense in America held a rally in Annapolis on Tuesday to push state legislators Pass the bill that would ban ghost guns.

“We cannot afford to lose more lives because of the easily accessible ghost guns,” said Denise Reed, a member of the chapter Acting on Mothers’ Needs.

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Supporters gathered at the Attorney General’s Mall and stood with delegates and supporters of the bill.

“We’ve seen an empirical increase in these showing up in crime scenes and being recovered by police departments,” said Melissa Ladd, head of the Act on Mothers’ Demand chapter.

A ghost gun is a gun built with parts purchased online that allow people to do background checks.

“There is a market of banned people who want access to guns and this is the legal loophole that allows them to do that,” Delegate Lesley Lopez, the bill’s main sponsor in the House of Representatives.

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The bill would ban the sale, receipt and transfer of unfinished frames and receivers without serial numbers before June 1. Possessing guns without serial numbers would become illegal as early as 2023 if bill passed. And owners of ghost guns will have the opportunity to either sell their guns to a previous dealer or have their serial numbers marked by a federally licensed firearms dealer.

Ladd said that Action for Mothers Needs has pushed for legislation regulating ghost guns over the past five years but believes Maryland lawmakers will be able to pass the bill in 2022 because of the growing prevalence of ghost guns and as a number of state leaders supported the measure including Attorney General. General Brian Frosh.

Lily Freeman, 17, a Walt Whitman high school student, joined supporters in calling for action.

“We have seen very little change in our lives when it comes to gun violence,” she said.

Freeman told rally attendees about Friday’s shooting at Magruder High School, in which police said a student shot another student with a ghost gun. She said students across the country are all too familiar with incidents like this.

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“Today I am thinking of the Magruder High School community. I wish more than anything that I could do for you. And that’s where I implore,” said Freeman. “Dear Maryland legislators, I hope that you work with us to ban ghost guns in our state and that you continue to put this issue at the top of your priority list.”

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/01/25/advocates-rally-for-maryland-lawmakers-to-ban-ghost-guns/ Defending the fight for Maryland lawmakers to ban ghost guns – CBS Baltimore

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