An Act To Prohibit Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms
Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §§2015 to 2017 are enacted to read:
§ 2015. Undetectable firearms prohibited
§ 2016. Untraceable firearms prohibited
§ 2017. Legislative intent regarding restrictions on undetectable or untraceable firearms and downloadable gun code
The Legislature finds that undetectable and untraceable firearms are a danger to the residents of this State. The Legislature finds that the restrictions imposed on undetectable firearms pursuant to section 2015, on untraceable firearms pursuant to section 2016 and on the dissemination of downloadable gun code pursuant to section 2016 are necessary to ensure that undetectable and untraceable firearms, as defined in sections 2015 and 2016, respectively, are clearly prohibited in the State, except as specifically provided. The Legislature further finds that these restrictions are necessary to discourage and prevent the dissemination of firearms that are undetectable in metal detectors and other security screening devices, that are untraceable due to the lack of a serial number or other form of required firearm identification and that can readily be possessed by those who may not be legally able to do so under existing federal and state laws. The Legislature finds that the restrictions imposed pursuant to sections 2015 and 2016 are necessary to prevent the widespread possession of these dangerous weapons before they become a prevalent problem in this State and a threat to the health and well-being of the residents of this State.
This bill regulates the manufacture, distribution and possession of so-called ghost guns and so-called 3-D printed guns or 3-D guns, which are fully functioning firearms that can be made at home by unlicensed firearm manufacturers, sellers and distributors either by purchasing the necessary parts separately, or as part of mail order gun kits, and then assembling them at home or by downloading a computer code from the Internet that allows the user to manufacture the gun using a 3-D printer. This bill provides definitions of "undetectable firearm" and "untraceable firearm" and prohibits the manufacture, import, sale, transfer and possession of such firearms with certain exceptions. This bill also prohibits, with certain exceptions, the dissemination of downloadable gun code from which untraceable firearms can be manufactured.