Justice Dept. details proposed restrictions on ‘ghost guns’

The Justice Department on Friday released a proposed rule that would put new restrictions on so-called “ghost guns” — kits that allow buyers to assemble firearms without a serial number — as part of the Biden administration’s push for tighter gun control. In a news release , the Justice Department said the new rule would require retailers to run background checks before selling kits that allow someone to readily make a gun at home, and it would force manufacturers to include a serial number on a firearm’s “frame or receiver” — the primary structural components of a gun — in easy-to-build kits. That is important because serial numbers help the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives trace guns used in crimes. The proposed rule also includes new definitions for what constitutes a firearm and its related parts — a first since 1968, the Justice Department said. “We are committed to taking commonsense steps to address the epidemic of gun violence that takes the lives of too many people in our communities,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement announcing the proposed rule. “Criminals and others barred from owning a gun should not be able to exploit a loophole to evade background checks and to escape detection by law enforcement. This proposed rule would help keep guns out of the wrong hands and make it easier for law enforcement to trace guns used to commit violent crimes, while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans.” President Biden previewed a […]

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