Opinion: The Biden administration is moving too slowly on ‘ghost guns’ like the one that killed my daughter

The worst package I’ve ever received in the mail was a DIY kit for a “ghost gun” addressed to my recently murdered daughter — who had been killed with a firearm made from a similar, easy-to-obtain kit. My loving, funny, full-of-life daughter, Gracie, was shot to death by a classmate at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Nov. 14, 2019. She was 15 years old. The murderer also killed 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell and injured three other students before turning the gun on himself . Gracie had purchased a ticket for her first high school dance only minutes before she was killed. The boy who shot her used a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol known as a ghost gun because they come without serial numbers and are completely untraceable. Ghost gun kits sell for a few hundred dollars online. No background check is needed. The weapons are technically “unfinished,” thus skirting the law, but are often promoted online as 80 percent complete, requiring only a drill for assembly. (Sometimes the kits helpfully include the necessary drill bits.) Putting together the components typically takes an hour or two. The top five YouTube instructional videos for constructing the guns have been viewed more than 3 million times. Less than five months after my daughter was killed, as I learned more about ghost guns, I ordered a kit online, using her name, because I wanted to see how easy it really was. I had a feeling that these companies don’t care who buys […]

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