Maryland Attorney General Supports Supreme Court Review of Decision Invalidating Ghost Gun Regulation

On Tuesday, Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, in the case Garland v. VanDerStok, in support of the federal government’s request for review of a lower court decision that invalidated commonsense “ghost gun” regulations.

Per the news release: A “Final Rule” issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) ensured that ghost guns are regulated in the same way as conventional guns under the federal Gun Control Act. Ghost guns are weapons without serial numbers that are often made at home from kits or partially complete frames and receivers that can be purchased without background checks. These weapons are untraceable.

The Final Rule ensures that buyers pass background checks before purchasing such kits, that these kits and related parts have a unique serial number, and that these manufacturers keep records, so that law enforcement officers can trace any self-made guns later used in a crime. It also limits gun traffickers’ ability to distribute these illegal weapons.

“Ghost guns pose the same threat to our communities as ordinary guns,” said Attorney General Brown. “I am committed to protecting Marylanders and closing dangerous loopholes
surrounding these deadly devices.”

In the brief, the coalition points out that the Final Rule, portions of which have been in effect for more than six months and fill a crucial public safety gap, may already be working to reduce gun violence.

If allowed to stand, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s decision to invalidate key
parts of the Final Rule would allow these untraceable weapons to flood communities, harming law enforcement’s ability to investigate crimes and increasing gun violence.

It would also prevent states from protecting their own citizens. At least 15 states have enacted their own laws regulating weapon parts kits and partially complete frames or receivers, and 14 jurisdictions prohibit the possession of unserialized firearms. Maryland law prohibits the buying, selling, or transferring of an unfinished frame or receiver that isn’t imprinted with a serial number in accordance with federal law. Maryland law also prohibits the possession of firearms without a serial number, if the firearm is required to have a serial number under federal law.

In submitting this brief, Attorney General Brown joins the attorneys general of Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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