Local law enforcement and federal authorities tell Eyewitness News that they are now coming across firearms without serial numbers, also known as “ghost guns,” every day on the streets of Southern California.
“Forty-one percent, so almost half our cases we’re coming across are these ‘ghost guns’,” said Carlos A. Canino, the Special Agent in charge of the ATF Los Angeles Field Division.
“What’s changed is technology. The technology makes it easy for someone to make one of these, even to mass produce these.” Investigators say a “ghost gun” was used in the November shooting at Saugus High School by the teenage gunman who killed two classmates and injured three others. A “ghost gun” was also used by the suspect who killed CHP Officer Andre Moye Junior in Riverside last summer.
These weapons can easily be made from a do-it-yourself gun kit. A variety are sold online, including kits to build handguns and rifles. The parts are packaged up and can be shipped to anyone’s home. With a drill and basic skills, virtually anyone can build a gun today in the comfort of their own home legally, Canino said.
“If you can go to one of these big-box stores and put that type of furniture together, if you’re putting together your kids Christmas toys, you can make a homemade gun. It’s that easy,” said Canino. “It all comes in one box with the tools you need to do it with.” And there’s no age or background check required to buy a gun kit, because technically, the kit is made of only parts. Once those parts are drilled and put together, that’s when the kit becomes a firearm. [full article]