AUGUSTA – A bill that would increase the penalty for possessing untraceable firearms received unanimous approval by the senate today.
The bill received broad support during a public hearing in the state’s criminal justice and public safety committee. During that hearing law enforcement officers testified they are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of criminals from large east coast cities committing crimes in Maine.
Often those criminals are carrying guns, with defaced serial numbers – and those guns are often thought to be stolen. With no serial numbers, police are unable to establish where the guns came from and make it impossible to charge the suspects with receiving stolen property.
The bill is now headed to the house for further action.