Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for crackdown on ‘ghost guns’

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Sen. Chuck Schumer demanded Sunday that the Biden administration crack down on “ghost guns” — untraceable firearms that patrons assemble themselves — as seizures of the DIY weapons soar within the Big Apple.

“There is absolutely no doubt about it — ghost guns continue to haunt New York, and pose a serious threat to our public safety,” the state’s senator stated at a press convention.

“We’re asking the administration to act: Close the ghost gun loophole as quickly as we can,” he added. “Stop ghost guns from coming into our city, our communities that are killing [people], particularly our kids.”

The Senate majority chief famous that since so-called ghost weapons are offered in separate elements, no background test is required to purchase them — which means they may land within the arms of “felons” and “spousal abusers.”

“You can buy a kit that puts all the pieces together,” he defined. “It’s like Legos, but more dangerous.”

Ghost guns.
Ghost weapons are untraceable firearms that patrons assemble themselves.
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The quantity of ghost weapons seized by the NYPD has soared in recent times.

In 2018, the police division confiscated 17 ghost weapons, adopted by 48 in 2019, 145 in 2020 and 135 to date this yr — representing a 700 improve in confiscations since over the past three years, Schumer stated.

“Now there are already 135 and the year isn’t even over,” he warned.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer known as out the dearth of background test laws since ghost weapons are offered in separate elements.
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Schumer stated the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ought to observe up and clarify that “partially complete frames and receivers and firearms” are topic to federal gun laws, together with background checks. 

In addition, he stated the ATF ought to require individuals who promote the ghost gun components and kits register as gun distributors.

Schumer’s name to motion comes after the Department of Justice in May proposed a rule that may require retailers to run background checks on patrons earlier than promoting some gun kits and producers so as to add serial numbers to ghost weapons.

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The NYPD confiscated 145 ghost weapons in 2020 and 135 to date this yr.
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The lawmaker predicted if the federal authorities enacts these measures it might “shut down ghost guns.”

“When it comes to the ghost guns, we want the ATF to deliver an exorcism and to get rid of them,” he stated.