(The Center Square) – A coalition of 20 state attorneys general, all Democrats, are backing a federal gun rule in court.

The Final Rule, as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives named it, would enable law enforcement officials to trace any homemade guns used in crimes. In addition, the rule limits trafficking the weaponry.

Ghost guns are often untraceable firearms that do not have serial numbers or any other identifying marks. In some cases, ghost guns are homemade.

The group has filed an amicus brief in the case Division 80 LLC v. Merrick Garland, in his official capacity as Attorney General of the United States; Gary Restaino, in his official capacity as Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The case is filed through the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Galveston Division.

The proposal would ensure that weapon kits and partially completed weapons are subject to serial numbers and background checks, the same as manufactured guns. A new definition would encompass that “weapons parts kits and partially complete frames and receivers are firearms if they can be readily converted to function.”

The AGs say there is a loophole enabling individuals to circumvent current gun laws and obtain ghost guns. They say federal law is needed in order for state laws to be enforceable.

The AGs are from the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin, according to a release.


Brent Addleman

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  1. Well, I see a lot wrong in this article. The term “Ghost Gun” is wrongly applied and ever is expanding. In fact, this very news agency stated a couple was charge with drug trafficking had a “Ghost Gun:” because the serial number was filed off. Criminals have filed off serial numbers since the day of Al Capone. There has been a law against that since that time as well. Homemade firearms were not illegal and were/are specific laws governing it. You could sell it, and most of these firearms are simply stolen. These people make it sound like it is something easy to do. Which it is not, you have to have machining tools/equipment and knowledge with which is not common.

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