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'Ghost guns' now in New York

Sep 16, 2019 12:00 pm
Brendan J. Lyons is reporting for the Times Union so-called ghost guns are now present in New York. Beginning a little more than a year ago, some law enforcement agencies in the state began encounterng the untraceable firearms more frequently. The weapons, including assault-style rifles and semiautomatic handguns, are increasingly finding their way into the hands of anyone with the minimal skills needed to assemble them. The guns are 80 percent finished when they are sent to customers by mail-order companies that provide the tools necessary to make them operable. They are called ghost guns also because the self-manufactured weapons have no serial numbers. The companies exploit a loophole in the federal and state gun control laws that does not define the weapons as a firearm under the Gun Control Act. Law enforcement agencies in Onondaga County have seized more than 20 ghost guns over the past 21 months. Legislation that would have banned online sales of self-manufactured firearms was put off by state lawmakers in May, and did not reach the floor of the Senate or Assembly for a vote. Read the full story in the Times Union.
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