Effective today, (6/1/22), Title 5 of the Public Safety Article requires a personal identification number for all unserialized firearms and unfinished frames and receivers, commonly referred to as 80% lowers (ghost guns) or build kits. Beginning June 1, 2022, a person who currently possesses non-serialized firearms, including unfinished frames or receivers, will be required to have the non-serialized firearm marked with a personal identification number as described in Public Safety Article §5-703. The deadline for compliance with this marking requirement is March 1, 2023 and can be obtained by any Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) authorized to provide marking services in compliance with all federal laws and regulations. After June 1, 2022, all firearms must be imprinted with a serial number or personal identification number before a person can sell, offer to sell or transfer a firearm. Persons who receive non-serialized firearms, including unfinished frames or receivers, through inheritance, after June 1, 2022, will be required to comply with the above marking requirement by the 30th day after inheriting the firearm. Firearms being marked in this manner are required to be registered with the Maryland State Police via the Licensing Portal and will be subject to a full background investigation. “Unfinished […]
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