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NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Everytown Is Going After the ATF for Not Regulating Untraceable ‘Ghost Guns’

Nathaniel Berhow was too young to own a gun. But the 16-year-old was able to get one anyway: a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol assembled from a DIY “ghost gun” kit — likely ordered online — which he used last month to shoot five classmates at his Southern California high school before turning the gun on himself. Ghost guns are the Wild West of gun policy because they aren’t subject to federal background checks, and the components don’t have serial numbers, making them next to impossible to trace back to their owner when they’re recovered at crime scenes. The ATF used to regulate “ghost guns,” because they held that receivers, a core firearm component that comes in the kits, were subject to the same rules as any other type of gun. But in 2006, as the online marketplace for the kits boomed, the ATF changed course. Now, 13 years later, ghost guns are showing up at crime scenes across the country and posing a major challenge to law enforcement. Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control advocacy group founded by 2020 candidate Michael Bloomberg, wants to know why ATF won’t crack down on ghost guns, since they had regulated them in the past. On Thursday, Everytown filed a petition with ATF asking it to “correct its own failure to regulate untraceable ghost guns.”  [full article]

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