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CA – GUN CONTROL – California sues federal government over ‘ghost gun’ rules

California is suing the federal government over its definition of a firearm in attempt to make it easier to track and confiscate so-called “ghost guns” that are often bought online and built at home without a background check. Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference it’s critical the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives consider “ghost guns” as firearms so the federal agency can regulate the weapons with the same stringency as traditional guns. Without the restrictions, Becerra said, ghost gun purchasers will continue to skirt federal and state rules and potentially use the weapons in mass shootings like the November 2019 Saugus High School shooting in Santa Clarita. “These firearms are indistinguishable from the serialized firearms that are regulated under state and federal law. And they’re every bit as lethal,” Becerra said. “Anyone can make them, anyone can carry them, anyone can fire them.”

Ghost guns don’t have traceable serial numbers because the parts are often bought online and then put together at home, according to the gun violence prevention nonprofit Brady Campaign. These operations make it hard to track when someone who’s not allowed to carry a firearm is in violation of the law. Ghost guns are subject to a list of legislative rules in California. The state Department of Justice requires self-made firearms have a serial number and restricts the sale and transfer of these guns.  [full article]

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