Maryland lawmakers pass bill to ban ‘ghost guns’

March 29, 2022 GMT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly approved a measure on Tuesday to ban so-called ghost guns, which don’t have serial numbers

The House gave the measure final passage 92-41, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan. The Senate approved the bill 35-11 earlier this month.

Hogan’s spokesman Michael Ricci said the governor will consider this legislation when it reaches his desk, but “he continues to call on the General Assembly to take action to hold those who use guns to commit violent crimes accountable.”

Under the measure, guns made after Oct. 22, 1968, will have to have a serial number on them.

Attorney General Brian Frosh said the ban will save lives.

“These untraceable firearms have become the weapon of choice for criminals,” Frosh said in a statement. “They are easily purchased over the internet without a background check, making them easily accessible to children, violent felons, domestic abusers, and others who are ineligible to own a firearm.”