Ammunition background checks uncover ‘ghost’ guns, heroin, and more

Ammunition background checks uncover ‘ghost’ guns, heroin, and more

Triple Beam arrest leads to confiscation of a ghost gun outside a Fresno football game. This was one of over 120 arrests during a strategic gang enforcement effort led by the U.S. Marshals Service. By Craig Kohlruss A ‘ghost’ gun assault rifle in Pioneer. More than 15,000 rounds of ammunition in Auburn. Six large-capacity magazines and a gram of methamphetamine in Bakersfield. These are among the items special agents in California found in the last month during a dozen operations to confiscate firearms and ammunition possessed by owners who failed background checks. Subscribe for unlimited digital access to the news that matters to your community. The agents seized a total 51 firearms, including assault weapons and ‘ghost’ guns – weapons unable to be traced because they have no serial number – 28,518 rounds of ammunition and more than 120 magazines, according to a Tuesday announcement from the California Department of Justice. Drugs found included 116 grams of methamphetamine and four grams of heroin. “Gun violence is the last thing our communities and children should have to fear during a public health crisis,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra, refererring to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Background checks can save lives and DOJ’s firearms operations help make that happen. At the California Department of Justice, we’ll keep doing our part to keep firearms out of the hands of violent and dangerous individuals.” The operations were conducted after special agents obtained search warrants when someone failed an ammunition purchase background check, as required […]

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