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Mayor Scott, Commissioner Harrison Join Frosh in Pushing for a ‘Ghost’ Gun Ban – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison joined Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and officials from across the state on Thursday to push for a ban on homemade firearms known as “ghost guns.” .

The level of gun violence in the state is “unacceptably high,” Frosh said, adding privately produced guns, without serial numbers, are not legally classified as ordinary firearms. , allowing buyers to do background checks.

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“As they specifically advertise, in an hour, or even less, you can have a functional shotgun,” the attorney general said of “ghost” gun kits online. “We can no longer tolerate the hypothesis that these components should not be defined as regulated firearms.”

An upcoming bill in the Maryland General Assembly would prohibit the sale, receipt, and transfer of unfinished frames and receivers without serial numbers before June 1. Possessing a firearm without a serial number will become illegal as early as 2023. Owners of such firearms will have the opportunity to either sell their firearms to a previous dealer or have them imprinted with a serial number by a federally licensed firearms dealer. , the attorney general said.

The legislation will also change the definition of firearms to include incomplete frames and receivers, bringing state law into line with a pending regulatory update by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Mr. said more.

Top law enforcement officials on the virtual news conference said they’ve seen an increase in “ghost” guns in their jurisdictions over the past few years.

Baltimore police seized 345 “ghost” guns in 2021, up from 12 three years ago, Harrison said. Of those, 32 were involved in a murder or shooting, the commissioner said.

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Similarly, Prince George County police have recorded 264 “ghost” guns, compared with 17 three years ago, Sheriff Malik Aziz said.

Harrison said Baltimore police seized 31 privately manufactured firearms in 2022, outpacing last year.

“Due to the lack of regulation, ‘ghost’ guns quickly became the weapon of choice for traffickers. [and] crime, and unless action is taken, I just hope this problem gets worse,” he said.

Two Montgomery County Democrats, Senator Susan Lee and Representative Lesley J. Lopez, are sponsoring legislation in Annapolis.

Mayor Scott joined other elected officials in calling for the ban to be passed during the ongoing legislative session.

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“To me, this is truly legislation that demonstrates our commitment to keeping our residents safe and keeping those who use these illegal firearms from committing crimes without penalizing hobbyists or owners. legal gun ownership,” he said.

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/01/20/mayor-scott-commissioner-harrison-join-frosh-in-pushing-for-ghost-gun-ban/ Mayor Scott, Commissioner Harrison Join Frosh in Pushing for a ‘Ghost’ Gun Ban – CBS Baltimore

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