Ghost guns accounted for more than 40% of guns confiscated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and one-third of crime guns recovered by the Los Angeles Police Department in 2020.
On Oct. 19, the LAPD reported to the police commission on the “epidemic” of ghost guns, which department officials say have increased “exponentially over the last year.”
“The current trend shows these figures will continue to grow exponentially,” according to the LAPD report, which notes that 3D printing allows the components to be more accessible.
“‘Ghost guns’ are replacing firearms people would normally purchase, with no background checks required,” according to the report.
Between January and June of this year, 863 ghost guns were recovered, more than the 813 recovered during the entire year of 2020. So far in 2021, 1,445 “ghost guns” have been recovered, a 202% increase over last year, according to the LAPD.
“…one third of crime guns…” It’s already against the law to commit a crime with a gun. So what is it they hope to change with another law? It would be so easy to make it near zero percent of guns confiscated be “ghost guns”. Remove the restrictions on guns which have serial numbers and the “ghost gun” problem would go away.
That the ordinance was proposed by the same guy, Councilmen Paul Koretz, who said this tells the world all we need to know:
This is absolutely ridiculous to think that the manufacture, sale and marketing of these weapons is intended for anything but skirting a loophole in the state and federal gun laws to get firearms into the hands of people who law enforcement and we as a society have deemed as unfit to possess those guns.
As long as there are criminals in the public wanting a gun to commit a crime there will be guns available to them. This is Black Market 101 stuff here. Look at the failed 100 year long ban on some recreational drugs.
If society knows who are “unfit to to possess those guns” then there can be no justification for those people to remain in public. That Koretz makes no effort to remove such people from the public tells us he is representing them and their agenda. They are literally his constituents.
Koretz compounds his evil allegiance with criminals by making it more difficult for innocent people to obtain cheap firearms to protect themselves from Koretz’s criminal constituents.
One has to wonder if he is another Leland Yee who is running a gun smuggling business on the side and doesn’t want the homemade guns competing with his guns. Regardless, what he is doing is illegal and I look forward to his trial.