Tags: ghost guns | homemade | firearms | black market | growing

Ghost Guns: Black-Market Trade in Homemade Firearms Growing

Ghost Guns: Black-Market Trade in Homemade Firearms Growing

(Tomasz Kozal/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 08 January 2018 09:58 AM

Ghost guns made at home from untraceable parts are part of a fast-growing cottage industry that allows criminals and others who can’t legally purchase weapons to slip past the authorities’ radar.

The emerging black-market trade in guns made more powerful than those that can be legally sold and weapons that cannot be tracked because they bear no serial numbers, allows the buyers to bypass gun regulations and background checks, The Wall Street Journal reported.

A number of gunmen have employed such weapons during violent rampages, including a Northern Californian man who killed five people in November using semiautomatic rifles he made himself after a restraining order prohibited him from owning any firearms.

And in 2013, John Zawahri built his own .223 semi-automatic rifle which he used to shoot down five people, including his brother and father, CBS News reported.

A report by The San Diego Tribune noted that ghost guns appeared to be most prevalent in states such as California, where strict gun laws are in place.

However, the Journal reported that the firearms have also been seized in investigations in Arizona, Maryland, New York and Texas, indicating that the market is spreading.

“The more restrictive the laws become for people to purchase firearms, we’re going to see those criminal elements build their own,” said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston, per The Associated Press.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the homemade guns are legal provided they are intended for personal use, The New York Times said, but the firearms cannot be sold or distributed without being licensed.

Hundreds of websites exist, offering ghost gun kits that are easily available and require no back ground checks.

“Ghost guns (homemade guns) from ‘unfinished receivers’ are increasingly popular, and need not be registered or bear a serial number, nor must the maker-owner pass a background check,” noted one website, Ghostguns.com.

“The practice is deeply rooted in our constitutional history and tradition,” the website added.

Gun companies and gun-rights advocates, including the Firearms Policy Coalition, believe the concerns are over dramatized by authorities.

“People who make these guns are generally hobbyists who want to build things with their own hands,” said Tilden Smith, president of 80% Arms, which manufactures unfinished receivers and sells them online, according to the Journal.

“There are much easier ways [to get guns] that’ll appeal to criminals.”

© 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Ghost guns made at home from untraceable parts are part of a fast-growing cottage industry that allows criminals and others who can’t legally purchase weapons to slip past the authorities’ radar.
ghost guns, homemade, firearms, black market, growing
396
2018-58-08
Monday, 08 January 2018 09:58 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved