Firearms supporters challenge San Diego’s ban on ghost guns with lawsuit

Firearms supporters challenge San Diego's ban on ghost guns with lawsuit

San Diego police say that the number of ghost guns retrieved by law enforcement has risen steadily each year. The ordinance to ban them takes effect Oct. 23. SAN DIEGO — A lawsuit was filed by firearms supporters challenging San Diego’s just-signed ordinance banning so-called “ghost guns” in the city, it was announced Friday. The lawsuit filed Thursday in San Diego federal court, hours after Mayor Todd Gloria signed the ordinance , seeks to block enforcement of the ban prohibiting the possession, purchase, sale, receipt and transportation of non-serialized, unfinished frames and receivers, and non-serialized firearms, all of which are commonly known as ghost guns. The guns, also known as “do-it-yourself guns,” are homemade, personally manufactured firearms that do not have commercial serial numbers. They are untraceable due to the lack of identifying markings and therefore can evade state and federal regulations that apply to firearms such as background checks. The Eliminate Non-serialized Untraceable Firearm — or E.N.U.F. — Ordinance goes into effect Oct. 23. The lawsuit filed on behalf of the Firearms Policy Coalition, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC and San Diego residents James Fahr, Desiree Bergman and Colin Rudolph, alleges the ban violates the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding San Diegans. “The right of individuals to self-manufacture arms for self-defense and other lawful purposes is part and parcel of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and an important front in the battle to secure fundamental rights against abusive government regulations like San Diego’s […]

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