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Tag: ghost guns

Ghost Guns Partly Behind Rise in Crime, ATF Says

Homemade gun seized by U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle in February 2020.

By Steve Neavling

Ghost guns are partly to blame for the increase in crime, the ATF told CBS News.

Ghost guns are sold without background checks, are untraceable and end up in the hands of criminals. In 2006, the ATF stopped consider ghost guns as firearms. 

“You can buy a box of firearms parts, and you can assemble those firearms together. And I’ve seen videos on YouTube, where you can see people doing it in record time — 20, 30 minutes,” ATF Acting Director Marvin Richardson told CBS News. 

Seizures of ghost guns have sharply increased in New York City, where police confiscated 145 in 2020 and 225 last year, compared to 17 in 2018 and 48 in 2019. 

In October, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on the ATF to crack down on ghost guns.

An additional 455 ghost guns were seized in Chicago and more than 300 in Baltimore. 

Richardson said the guns are ending up in the hands of criminals and gang members with whom law enforcement are familiar. 

“So what we’ve learned is that those people that we go after have an average of eight arrests prior to us having that contact with them,” he said. “In many instances, eight violent criminal arrests, so we’re not talking about people that are shrinking violets.” 

Sen. Schumer Calls on ATF to ‘Deliver Exorcism’ on Ghost Guns

Chuck Schumer, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling

Sen. Chuck Schumer is urging the ATF to crack down on “ghost guns” amid an alarming increase in seizures of the do-it-yourself firearms.

“Because of the proliferation of ghost guns throughout New York we need the admin to issue this rule as soon as possible,” Schumer said, The Daily News reports. “When it comes to the ghost guns, we want the ATF to deliver an exorcism.”

The firearms, which are sold without background checks, are untraceable and ending up in the hands of killers. In 2006, the ATF stopped considering ghost guns as firearms.

Seizures of ghost guns have sharply increased in New York City, where police confiscated 145 in 2020 and 135 so far this year, compared to 17 in 2018 and 48 in 2019. 

Schumer wants the ATF to ensure that ghost guns are subject to federal gun regulations, including background checks. He also said the ATF should mandate that anyone who sells ghost gun parts should register as gun vendors.