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Maryland lawmakers look to ban 'Ghost Guns' after 7 On Your Side story

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Ghost guns are untraceable firearms in the hands of hobbyists, felons, and children. 7 On Your Side showed how easy it was to build a Glock 19 handgun with parts legally purchased online and assembled with household tools.

"It was after a story you had done and brought to my attention about a young man in Clarksburg who brought a ghost gun to Clarksburg high school. I had not really heard of them and then going on the internet and googling ghostguns.com and then finding you can buy the kit,” said Maryland House Majority Leader Kathleen Dumais (D-15th District)

Dumais represents Clarksburg and wrote a bill to ban possession of any gun without a serial number. “It's pretty frightening that somebody can order a kit online and then have a gun that is not traceable, doesn't have a serial number, no record of,” said Del. Dumais.

Some online kit guns do possess serial numbers, including the one we built. Those would remain legal under the bill. The ban would also apply to guns created using a 3D printer. None are equipped with serial numbers. The bill would allow for possessing the electronic blueprints.

“The bigger problem in the country is that some of this should be done at the federal level,” added Dumais.

The house bill finished drafting Tuesday and would make possession of an unserialized gun a misdemeanor punishable with up to 5 years of prison.

Dumais said, “Will my bill stop someone who is a felon who wants to order a gun, a ghost gun, from ordering a gun online? Unfortunately, the answer is no. But if we get the message out that it is a problem in Maryland and that you can't do it, I think it will make a difference in the long run.”

New Jersey enacted a similar bill last November.


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