UPDATE 10:23 p.m. — The governor made the announcement Friday about the state’s measure to ban ghost guns without serial numbers.

Hogan had the ability to either sign the bill or veto it but ultimately chose to pass the law without his signature. In a statement Hogan released, he said that it “is a positive step, which is why I am allowing it to take effect. But it does nothing to penalize those who actually pull the triggers on firearms.”

Richard Dudley, who is the owner of the Maryland Arsenal, said he completely agrees with Hogan. While he feels the law is good, it’s still not enough

“It’s not really punishing anybody that it’s set out to do,” Richard Dudley said. “The issue is that it doesn’t affect anybody but the gun owners who are law-abiding citizens and it doesn’t stop the bad guys from doing bad things, so I think that it’s not going to be effective and it’s not going to do what the ultimate goal of the bill is to do.”

Some other people such as Mindy Landau, co-founder of the Montgomery County chapter of the Brady Campaign, feel that the law is a small step toward solving a bigger problem.

“Gun violence is a very complicated topic, and there’s a lot of reasons why gun violence has risen so rapidly in our state,” Landau explained. “Ghost guns is a small part of it, but it’s a significant part of it and the bottom line is we don’t feel you should be able to buy guns over the internet from people who don’t receive background checks, by people who are not of age and don’t have licenses to buy these guns or permits.”

This bill comes at a significant time after an incident with a Montgomery County student who was found with a ghost gun on them. Montgomery County Delegate Lesley Lopez, who sponsored the bill says that with more laws against people being able to purchase and sell ghost guns fewer incidents like those will happen.

“Some of those people buying these kids are under age and they’re putting them together themselves like what we saw allegedly at the shooter in McGruder High School in January, but also we’re seeing people who are purchasing these kits, assembling them, and then selling them to prohibited people,” Montgomery County Delegate Lesley Lopez explained. “There are people who understand this and are exploiting a loophole in our laws to sell to prohibited people. And the purpose of the bill is to close that loophole.”

Lopez and some others hope that this new law passing will open the door for it to become a bigger law within the federal government.

“I really look forward to the white house enacting the federal regulations sometime very soon,” Lopez said. “It’s going to be an exciting day when both the federal government and the state governments can work in tandem.”

If you are caught with a ghost gun, you could get up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — A move to ban guns without serial numbers is going into effect without Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s signature, according to the Associated Press.

The announcement was made by the governor on Friday on this bill which is the first of more than three dozen he’s expected to decide on. His three options are to sign the bill, veto or let them go into law without signature.

This measure of banning untraceable firearms will require all guns made after Oct. 22 of 1968 to have serial numbers.

The firearms, which are frequently obtained over the internet, have become more widespread in Maryland, according to law enforcement officials.

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