Ghost Gun Charges in Maryland: Understanding Your Rights and Legal Options
Welcome to our comprehensive guide on Ghost Gun Charges in Maryland, where we aim to demystify the complexities of the law and guide you through the legal process with expertise and empathy. At Frizwoods, we understand the intricacies of ghost gun laws and are dedicated to providing you with the best defense possible.
What are Ghost Guns?
Ghost guns are firearms that lack commercial serial numbers, making them difficult to trace. In Maryland, the laws surrounding these weapons have recently evolved, making it crucial for individuals to understand the legal landscape. Most ghost guns invole portions of completed firearms purchased online. They are most commonly Polymer 80 kits assembled by private citizens.
Maryland's Legal Stance on Ghost Guns
Maryland law mandates that all firearms, including ghost guns, must be imprinted with a serial number by a federally licensed entity. The law, detailed in Section 5-703, outlines specific guidelines for the sale, transfer, and possession of ghost guns.
Legal Implications of Ghost Gun Charges
Violating Maryland's ghost gun laws can result in significant legal consequences, including misdemeanors, potential imprisonment, and hefty fines.
Purchasing, Selling, or Transfering a Ghost Gun PS 5-703(a)
Under Maryland law, it's illegal for anyone to purchase, receive, sell, offer to sell, or transfer an unfinished frame or receiver unless it has a federally mandated serial number. A violation of subsection (a) is classified as a misdemeanor. The penalties for this offense can be severe, including imprisonment for not more than 5 years, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
Possession of a Firearm Without A Serial Number PS5-703(b)
Maryland law prohibits the possession of firearms without serial numbers, with limited exceptions (e.g., inheritance, self-manufacture without prefabricated parts). A violation of this law constitutes a misdemeanor. The penalties include imprisonment not exceeding 2 years, a fine not exceeding $10,000, or both.
Key Legal Provisions
- Sale or Transfer Restrictions: Selling or transferring an unfinished frame or receiver without a federally mandated serial number is illegal.
- Possession Guidelines: Possessing a firearm without a serial number, with certain exceptions, is prohibited.
- Penalties: Violations can lead to imprisonment and fines, with each violation treated as a separate crime.
Why You Need an Expert Attorney
Navigating Complex Laws
Ghost gun laws in Maryland are intricate and constantly evolving. Our experienced attorneys at Frizwoods are well-versed in these laws and can provide you with the knowledgeable representation you need.
Building a Strong Defense
We understand the stakes are high. Our team is committed to building a robust defense strategy tailored to your unique case, ensuring your rights are protected throughout the legal process. Curious about how to beat a gun case? Read our blog to find out more about specific defenses in gun cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What constitutes a ghost gun under Maryland law?
A: Any firearm without a commercial serial number, including those made from unfinished frames or receivers.
Q: Can I face charges for possessing a ghost gun in Maryland?
A: Yes, if the gun does not comply with the new serial number requirements.
Q: How can Frizwoods help me if I'm charged with a ghost gun violation?
A: Our legal experts can provide personalized defense strategies, helping to mitigate charges or pursue case dismissals.
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