California Sues US Regulator in Bid to Deter ‘Ghost Guns’

California Sues US Regulator in Bid to Deter ‘Ghost Guns'

Toniann Rebick, criminalist with the San Diego Police Department,looks over an AR_15 ghost gun in the crime lab at their headquarters in San Diego, CA on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.(Photo by Sandy Huffaker/The Trace) Backed by the fathers of two slain children, California’s attorney general sued the Trump administration on Tuesday in an effort to crack down on so-called “ghost guns” that can be built from parts with little ability to track or regulate the owners. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives doesn’t consider that the unfinished do-it-yourself kits qualify as firearms. So buyers don’t have to undergo the usual gun purchase background checks and in most states the guns are not required to have serial numbers. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s lawsuit asks a federal judge in San Francisco to order the federal agency to change its policy — arguing that it violates the common definition of a firearm under federal law and that the agency’s decision in 2006 to stop considering the parts as firearms was arbitrary and capricious. California Agency spokeswoman April Langwell said the ATF does not comment on pending litigation. The lawsuit was called frivolous and “another outrageous example of Attorney General Becerra attacking law-abiding gun owners” by Brandon Combs, president of the Sacramento, California-based Firearms Policy Coalition that promotes gun-owners’ rights. Lawsuit plaintiff Bryan Muehlberger said he had never heard of ghost guns until November, when his 15-year-old daughter, Gracie Anne Muehlberger, was one of two students killed with one […]

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