Governor Larry Hogan announced Friday that he will allow the legislation, which addresses issues related to untraceable firearms, to pass without a signature.
“I appreciate the work you’ve done on Senate Bill 387/House Bill 425 to address issues related to untraceable firearms, and I agree that it’s a positive step forward. As we seek to stop the wave of violent crime, which is why I allow it. take effect,” Hogan said in a statement.
“But it does nothing to penalize those who actually pull the trigger on firearms, and deflects from the need to take decisive action to hold violent criminals accountable,” the statement read.
Data shows guns have been involved in shootings and found at crime scenes with increasing frequency, CNN reported.
More than two-thirds of the nation’s most populous cities saw more homicides in 2021 than the year before, with at least 10 setting all-time homicide records and the majority committed with a firearm, according to a CNN analysis of the data from the police department.
Hochul signed legislation in October to address the gun violence epidemic, which included banning “the sale of ghost guns and requiring gunsmiths and firearms dealers to register firearms in their possession,” according to the governor’s office. .
Following a 2021 directive from the Biden Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) proposed a rule in May of last year to allow the bureau to classify basic components that a They often make up ghost weapons like guns.
The ATF rule addresses a key issue in ghost gun tracking and regulation because certain frames and receivers used to assemble the guns are often purchased online and are not classified as firearms by the bureau.
CNN’s Priya Krishnakumar contributed to this report.