Attempts to tighten ‘ghost gun’ rules face resistance from hobbyists

Attempts to tighten ‘ghost gun’ rules face resistance from hobbyists

Gun Rights

DOVER, Del. — There’s a push to outlaw so-called ‘ghost guns’ — homemade firearms — in the Northeastern part of the country. Delaware could ban them completely, while Pennsylvania is still trying to decide if the partially made gun frames count as firearms. Mitchell Denham is the president of Delaware Gun Rights , a Facebook group with more than 20,000 members. He says making guns at home is a hobby for some people. “It takes hours upon hours to assemble one of these things. It’s the equivalent of a model car or building a ship in a bottle,” said Denham. It’s something Ken Jones enjoys now, since retiring from the Air Force. “Avionics, electronic warfare specifically. I just enjoy doing, you know, stuff with my hands,” said Jones. He explains that making guns at home starts with an 80-percent receiver. Ken Jones explains that making guns at home starts with an 80-percent receiver. A ban on these, he thinks, would be a blow to hobbyists like himself. “I think there needs to be room for people to have this hobby still in America,” said Jones. His home state of Delaware, however, is the latest state to try to outlaw ghost guns. According to Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence , New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Washington already have similar bans in place. “There’s no serial numbers on these, they can be purchased on the internet. They are sold as kits at gun shows,” said Christian Soltysiak, […]

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