Montgomery Lawmakers Propose Legislation on Ghost Guns


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WTOP- Montgomery County Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz recently proposed new restrictions on firearms that do not have serial numbers and, therefore, are hard to trace. The proposed legislation would prohibit the transfer, sale, manufacture, or possession of these firearms, referred to as “ghost guns” “within 100 yards of a place of public assembly.”

Delegate Lesley Lopez of District 39, also proposed further legislation to monitor the sale and manufacture of receivers, “a piece of metal or polymer that basically brings the whole firearm together.” Her legislation would make handgun qualifying licenses a requirement for the purchase of unfinished receivers and would require the sale of unfinished receivers to have the same serialization as finished receivers.

Both proposals are significant as there is currently “no reference to ghost guns in the county code,” according to Albornoz, and as Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones has noted an increase in untraceable firearms in the area.

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