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Baltimore City to sue large national ghost gun manufacturer

Ghost Guns
Posted at 2:42 PM, May 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-01 08:37:52-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore City is planning to sue Polymer80, Inc., a large national gun manufacturer.

Mayor Brandon Scott is scheduled to lead an 11am press conference on Wednesday, announcing the lawsuit.

Specific details of the lawsuit are limited, but local and state leaders have frequently placed some blame on ghost guns for the high murder rate on city streets.

The lawsuit accuses Polymer80 of being the largest ghost gun manufacturer in the nation.

Back in April, Governor Larry Hogan let a law banning ghost guns in the state go into effect without his signature.

It prohibits anyone from buying, selling or transferring an unfinished firearm frame or receiver that's missing a serial number.

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At the time, Hogan said the law "does nothing to penalize those who actually pull the trigger on firearms."

Under the new law, anyone with a non-serialized firearm must have it marked with a personal identification number by March 1, 2023. That can be obtained by any Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) authorized to provide marking services.

But after June 1, 2022, no firearm without a serial number or personal identification number can be sold, offered for sale, or transferred.

Those inheriting a non-serialized firearm have 30 days to bring it up to compliance, but must first register with the Maryland State Police.

So far in 2022, there have been 138 people murdered in Baltimore City. It's unclear how many shooting deaths have been directly linked to ghost guns.