September 27, 2021

California unanimously passes new committee bill in San Francisco aiming to prohibit sale of ghost guns

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco could quickly be the primary California metropolis to ban the sale of ghost guns.

A new bill that goals to prohibit the sale of ghost guns in San Francisco unanimously handed throughout a committee listening to Thursday and can head to the Board of Supervisors for a full vote. Ghost guns are self-made firearms typically bought on-line with out serial numbers.

“There is a massive loophole in California,” stated San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who authored the bill. “It’s very scary.”

Presently, California legislation permits distributors to promote dissembled ghost gun kits and not using a serial quantity on the idea the purchaser will get hold of a serial quantity from the Division of Justice inside ten days of assembling.

“As you can imagine, nobody is doing that,” stated Stefani.

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The San Francisco Police Division’s Crime Guns Investigations Middle defined throughout Thursday’s listening to most gun distributors do not essentially inform purchasers of these necessities.

“That means there’s no background check, no waiting period, no sales record, and no age restrictions at the time of sale,” stated Stefani. “We need that to stop.”

SFPD instructed the ABC7 I-Crew ghost guns are ‘flourishing’ in San Francisco.

“There’s a big uptick in the use of ghost guns in homicides in San Francisco,” stated Ellen Ginsberg, a volunteer with town’s native chapter of Mother’s Demand Motion. “What can police do when they get to a crime scene with an unserialized gun, it stops the investigation right there.”

In accordance to knowledge from SFPD, the seizure of ghost guns have greater than doubled from 77 in 2019 to 164 in 2020. Authorities say the speed reported thus far this 12 months is on observe to surpass that.

The rise additionally seen statewide in current years. In accordance to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 30 p.c of all guns seized in California in 2019 have been ghost guns. The California Bureau of Firearms reported seizing 512% extra ghost guns in 2019 than in 2018.

“We have strict gun laws in California for a reason, so we can prohibit people who shouldn’t have firearms from having them,” stated Stefani.

The bill shall be up for a full vote in September.