The Justice Department proposed a new rule Friday to update the definition of “firearm” in an effort to close the so-called “ghost gun” loophole.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said the modernized definition would require retailers to perform background checks on customers before selling some ready-made kits that allow people to build their own guns.
Such guns are known as “ghost guns” because they don’t have serial numbers and can’t be traced.
“Criminals and others barred from owning a gun should not be able to exploit a loophole to evade background checks and to escape detection by law enforcement,” Garland said.
“This proposed rule would help keep guns out of the wrong hands and make it easier for law enforcement to trace guns used to commit violent crimes, while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans. Although this rulemaking will solve only one aspect of the problem, we have an obligation to do our part to keep our families and our neighborhoods safe from gun violence.”
Under the proposed rule, manufacturers must include a serial number on the firearm frame or receiver in a kit. Firearm dealers also must add serial numbers to 3D-printed guns or other un-serialized firearms they take into their inventory.
The Justice Department said that from 2016 to 2020, law enforcement officials seized more than 23,000 un-serialized firearms from potential crime scenes. Such guns were connected to 325 homicides or attempted homicides.
Copyright 2021 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI’s prior written consent.
This content is published through a licensing agreement with Acquire Media using its NewsEdge technology.
Hey Merrick, guess what, if a criminal wants to get a gun they will.
AND pray tell Merick. HOW MANY CRIMES have actually been COMMITTED BY these so-called Ghost guns. I won’t wait for you to answer, CAUSE YOU CAN’T.
Communist! ! !
Really stupid. You can print the part after removing the serial number and sell them on the internet. Citizen patriots will find a way!!
AND since iirc courts have UPHELD folks 3d printing gun parts, if they can’t BUY THEM, they will just make them!
Anyone bright enough to sharpen a lawn mower blade can remove the serial number off of a gun. Obviously, the DOJ has no one with this “advanced” knowledge.
These days, there (TO MY POV) IS NO one there, with ANY KNOWLEDGE other than libtard ANTI-AMERICAN brainwashing.
It’s wishful thinking that any rules includig the propsed one will keep guns out of the wrong ands. Exploiting loopholes is only a pastime for criminals, breaking laws means they are serious!
Just think—-The Marxist Communists wanted this IDIOT on the Supreme Court!!!
Mconnel really did us a solid, HOLDING UP his nomination.
GO AHEAD and require background checks! But, back ground checks have not stopped ownership of ANY guns by gangs, criminals, and other bad guys that this fake AG wants to deny gun ownership! This is ANOTHER useless law they will enact just so the dems can say they did something!
WOW, how bold and courageous. And utterly USELESS! THIS AG IS A DUMB ***!
PLUS< how many mass shootings have we seen, where it was found out AFTER "GEE THIS GUY WAS well known to authorities, and even had red-flags against him, YET STILL Passed backround checks to get the firearms they used"??!