BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore police arrested a 21-year-old man Sunday after they saw him brandishing a “ghost gun” on a social media platform, according to authorities.
Members of the Baltimore Police Department’s Southwest District Action Team arrested the man in 300 blocks of South Franklintown Roadthe police said.
They found the man in possession of a Polymer 80 gun, a substance they believe to be crack cocaine, and some money, authorities said.
A ghost gun is a gun built with parts purchased online that allow people to do background checks.
Mayor Brandon Scott and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison recently joined Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and officials from across the state to push for a ban on ghost guns.
Last month, Frosh called the level of gun violence in the state “unacceptably high”. Privately manufactured guns, without serial numbers, are not legally classified as ordinary firearms, allowing buyers to do background checks, he said.
“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 cannot tolerate the hypothesis that these components should not be defined as controlled firearms.”
The Maryland Chapter of Mothers’ Demands for Action for Gun Sense in America held a rally in Annapolis last month to push state legislators Pass the bill that would ban ghost guns.
Melissa Ladd, head of the chapter Action for Mothers’ Needs, says there has been an exponential increase in number of ghost guns appeared at the crime scene.
Top law enforcement officials say 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 are involved in a murder or shooting investigation, the commissioner said.
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.
According to authorities, the man has been charged with a firearm and drug offense.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/02/06/social-media-post-prompts-baltimore-police-to-seize-ghost-gun-make-arrest/ Social media posts reminding Baltimore police to seize ghost guns, make arrests – CBS Baltimore