Maryland lawmakers pass bills on ‘ghost guns’ and climate change

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has approved a measure to ban so-called ghost guns, which don’t have serial numbers. The House gave the measure final passage 92-41 on Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan. Under the measure, guns made after Oct. 22, 1968, will have to have a serial number on them. A spokesman says the governor will consider this legislation, but “he continues to call on the General Assembly to take action to hold those who use guns to commit violent crimes accountable.” Attorney General Brian Frosh says the measure will save lives. He says untraceable firearms are easily bought on the internet without a background check, making them easily accessible to those ineligible to own a firearm.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House has passed a measure to help address climate change, though some differences remain to be worked out with the state Senate. The House voted 95-42 for the bill on Tuesday. The measure as approved by the House would aim to boost the state’s current goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 40% of 2006 levels to 60% by 2031. That is a year later than the legislation called for when the Senate passed the bill. The measure also seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 in the state. That means at least as much carbon would be removed from the atmosphere as what’s being emitted.


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