County Council Unanimously Approves Ghost Gun Bill

The Montgomery County Council today approved a bill prohibits the use and sale of unserialized and undetectable firearms know as “ghost guns”.

According to the release:
The Ghost Guns Bill prohibits the use and sale of ghost guns to the greatest extent possible consistent with state law. The Ghost Guns Bill would also do the following:

  • restrict the possession, use, sale, and transfer of ghost guns, undetectable guns, and certain other firearms with respect to minors;
  • restrict the possession, use, sale, and transfer of ghost guns, undetectable guns, and certain other firearms within 100 yards of places of public assembly;
  • require the Montgomery County Police Department to submit an annual report to the County Executive and the County Council regarding the availability and use of ghost guns and undetectable guns in the County, and;
  • generally amend the law regarding firearms and other weapons.

Full details from Montgomery County:

Council unanimously approves Ghost Guns Bill, restricting the sale of transfer of ghost guns to minors

From the Office of Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz

Council unanimously approves Ghost Guns Bill, restricting the sale of transfer of ghost guns to minors


ROCKVILLE, Md., April 6, 2021—Today the Montgomery County Council unanimously approved Bill 4-21, Weapons – Protection of Minors and Public Places – Restrictions Against Ghost Guns and Undetectable Guns, otherwise known as the “Ghost Guns Bill.” Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz was the lead sponsor and his Council colleagues served as cosponsors of this pivotal legislation.

Ghost guns or do-it-yourself guns are unserialized firearms built by unlicensed individuals. Currently, these untraceable guns often evade detection and are not entirely prohibited by federal and state laws. Generally, kits to build ghost guns are readily sold on the internet, without the requirement of federal background checks. However, individuals may build ghost guns at home using blueprints and 3D printers. To date only California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington State have established regulations to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or use of ghost guns. With this groundbreaking legislation, Montgomery County will be the first local jurisdiction in Maryland to prohibit access of ghost guns to minors under 18 years old and within 100 yards of public assembly.

“In the past year, ghost gun sales have skyrocketed across the country, including in Montgomery County. The immediate accessibility and the obscurity of ghost gun detection in areas of public assembly poses an absolute threat to the safety of our community,” said Council Vice President Albornoz, who also serves as the chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. “Bill 4-21 will restrict minors to access ghost guns and it will also serve as a call to action for our federal and state legislators to act. We know that gun violence does not distinguish boundaries, however, it is our moral responsibility to implement measures that will safeguard our youth, residents, and families from immediate harm.”

The Ghost Guns Bill prohibits the use and sale of ghost guns to the greatest extent possible consistent with state law.

The Ghost Guns Bill would also do the following:

  • define terms related to firearm laws;
  • restrict the possession, use, sale, and transfer of ghost guns, undetectable guns, and certain other firearms with respect to minors;
  • restrict the possession, use, sale, and transfer of ghost guns, undetectable guns, and certain other firearms within 100 yards of places of public assembly;
  • require the Montgomery County Police Department to submit an annual report to the County Executive and the County Council regarding the availability and use of ghost guns and undetectable guns in the County, and;
  • generally amend the law regarding firearms and other weapons.

The purpose of Bill 4-21 is to address the dangers that ghost guns presents to the community and establishes restrictions in Montgomery County that are consistent with limitations placed upon localities by Maryland’s state preemption to locally regulate firearms. Under Maryland law, the County generally is preempted to regulate firearms. In spite of this, state law carves out certain exceptions in which the County may regulate. In particular, the County may regulate the sale, use, or transfer of firearms with respect to minors and within 100 yards of a place of public assembly.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

The Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) impact statement can be viewed here.

The virtual press conference regarding Bill 4-21 and its impact on our community can be viewed here.

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6 Comments on "County Council Unanimously Approves Ghost Gun Bill"

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  2. John Firethe liberalcouncil | April 6, 2021 at 6:52 pm | Reply

    This is purely for optics, selling firearms whether it is a “ghost gun” or not to a minor is already a crime. Illegal possession of a firearm is a misdemeanor crime that usually gets dropped or a slap on the wrist. Because we’ve become a society that holds accountability as a racial injustice.

  3. Another feel good measure that does nothing while the country council is in the process of dismantling our police and crime is rising.

  4. Perhaps our CM’s should re-read what they wrote.
    How exactly do you report and/or act on anything “undetectable”? lol

  5. you do realize that the councils racism is in full view and display for everyone to see. you took the study and came away with “Blacks are unable and incapable of any type of self control, so therefore we must pass measures that effect everyone in order to attempt to keep blacks safe from themselves” To the rest of us, for decades now, we realize that individuals commit crimes and individuals should receive equal and fare sentencing for those crimes..if your only issue is that many more blacks are involved in crimes, maybe thats just because they are committing more of them by choice and the lack of “real” help they have been not receiving. This has nothing to do with the rest of us and it is an issue the black community should have addressed years ago rather then receive handouts and talking points as consolation for unsafe neighborhoods….Montgomery county is now one of the most racist councils i have ever come across and they think they are helping black communities as usual…They ARE NOT and their bias against blacks and their thoughts of how incapable blacks are is disgusting

  6. you do realize that the councils racism is in full view and display for everyone to see. you took the study and came away with “Blacks are unable and incapable of any type of self control, so therefore we must pass measures that effect everyone in order to attempt to keep blacks safe from themselves” To the rest of us, for decades now, we realize that individuals commit crimes and individuals should receive equal and fare sentencing for those crimes..if your only issue is that many more blacks are involved in crimes, maybe thats just because they are committing more of them by choice and the lack of “real” help they have been not receiving. This has nothing to do with the rest of us and it is an issue the black community should have addressed years ago rather then receive handouts and talking points as consolation for unsafe neighborhoods….Montgomery county is now one of the most racist councils i have ever come across and they think they are helping black communities as usual…They ARE NOT and their bias against blacks and their thoughts of how incapable blacks are is disgusting

  7. If ghost guns are “untraceable” as article stated in first paragraph how do they know: “In the past year, ghost gun sales have skyrocketed across the country, including in Montgomery County.

    Can someone please explain this? This is nothing more than anti-second amendment right infringement wrapped up in another “protect the children” propaganda.

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