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Maryland's New Gun Laws and all of the confusion.

As of June 1st, 2022, Maryland's new gun law law went into effect. So what is it all about? I'll try to explain.

As you know, "ghost" guns have become a major topic among many citizens. A ghost gun has no serial number or identification and therefor cannot be traced by law enforcement officials. When confiscated at a crime scene they are useless for providing police any sort of information. The use of these guns in crimes has skyrocketed. In 2021 the ATF seized over 200,000 of these guns and that's just what they could find. There are millions of the guns nationwide. Many owned by decent, law abiding citizens and then there are the not-so-decent individuals. The new law is to curb illegal possession and sales of these guns. Being caught with one in your possession is a serious crime that carries substantial penalties.

So what should you do? It's actually pretty easy.

  1. Take your unmarked firearms to a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL). Yes, DC Laser is licensed. The FFL will engrave a serial number on your firearm. It will contain eleven digits. The first five digits are your Zip Code. The next three markings are you initials. Finally the last three digits can be what ever you want or what the FFL designates. Once engraved into a firearm, that serial number cannot be repeated on any other firearm.

  2. With your newly engraved firearm, go to the Maryland State Police web site for their Licensing Portal. Here's the link: Either create an account or sign in to your existing account. From there, follow the directions to register your Privately Manufactured Firearm (PMF). They will want to know who the FFL was that labeled your gun. I furnish my license number on your receipt.

  3. After filling in the blanks on the MSP web site, you're done! That's it. Now you legally own a privately made and properly registered firearm.

The Maryland State police have made this as easy as they can for gun owners. Since you already own the firearm; assembled or not - pieces or the whole thing, there is no waiting period, no tests and no cost. The State of Maryland has given you until March of 2023 to comply with this new law. Plenty of time and no need to panic. Just get it done and you're all set.

I hope this has made it a bit clearer than mud. If I can help, just let me know.

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