A “Ghost gun” is an assembly kit to make a firearm. However, the catch is that they do not have serial numbers. This new form of gun is therefore untraceable, and has thus become extremely popular among gun owners. However, the untraceable appeal has also attracted attention from criminals as well.
Currently, the federal law does not require firearms to have serial numbers if they are built for personal use. This loophole allows companies to sell the kits online, and does not require a background check.
Police Chief, Thomas Grimaldi, stated, “It’s legal, but it’s almost like a loophole in the law. We’re making it easy for the criminals. I have a concern — a huge concern over that.”
By leaving it unfinished — meaning only partially drilled — it fails to meet the ATF’s requirement of being more than 80 percent complete. Buyers can finish the receivers at home by finishing the drilling.
Amanda Black, the company’s manager, said they used to make aluminum railings, but found that making the untraceable gun parts was a booming business. Black said they sell between 100 and 150 lower receivers each day.
Special Agent, Graham Barlowe of ATF’s field, stated, “When we look at the sales that have been going on —they’re selling on the Internet to people all over the country, and I just can’t imagine that there would be an exception in Florida.”
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