Montgomery Co.’s ‘ghost gun’ law challenged in court

Montgomery Co.’s ‘ghost gun’ law challenged in court

Legislation in Montgomery County, Maryland, seeking to tighten rules on the sale or possession of so-called “ghost guns” is being challenged in court, but county lawmakers, including the architect of the bill, say the county will “vigorously defend” itself against the lawsuit. The suit, filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court May 28 , argues the county’s law, unanimously passed by the council in April , “unlawfully exceeded its powers and jurisdiction to criminally regulate the possession and transfer of lawfully owned firearms” in a way that is incompatible with the Maryland state constitution and other state law. The county’s law, which doesn’t take effect until July 16, would bar anyone from transferring ownership of a ghost gun to a minor and bar the manufacture of a ghost gun in the presence of a minor. The bill would also prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture or possession of ghost guns “within 100 yards of a place of public assembly,” such as a school, church or community center. Speaking to reporters Monday during a weekly media briefing, Montgomery County Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz, who sponsored the legislation , said he had been advised against responding to the specifics of the suit, citing the pending matter. But he said ghost guns — which don’t have a serial numbers and can be made using a 3D printer or assembled at home from kits — are a serious problem, and county lawmakers carefully studied the issue before drafting the legislation. “We felt on the […]

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