Proposal to crack down on ‘ghost guns’ triggers Rep. Bob Gibbs

Proposal to crack down on ‘ghost guns’ triggers Rep. Bob Gibbs

A "ghost gun" on display at the headquarters of the San Francisco Police Department in San Francisco. For a few hundred dollars, tools and some elbow grease, you can make your own rifle or handgun. It’s all perfectly legal and it can be done without leaving anything behind for the government to trace. These "ghost guns" have long been popular among hobbyists or gun enthusiasts. But gun control advocates say they are increasingly popping up in crimes, used by people who are prohibited from buying a firearm and are trying to circumvent a background check. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)AP WASHINGTON, D. C. – A Justice Department proposal aimed at closing a regulatory loophole that lets people buy gun-making kits without a background check has triggered the wrath of Holmes County GOP Rep. Bob Gibbs, who on Thursday sent a letter of protest to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, Marvin Richardson. The rule the Justice Department proposed in May would make clear that retailers must run background checks before selling kits that contain the parts needed to make a gun, would require that manufacturers include a serial number on the firearm “frame or receiver” in easy-to-build firearm kits and would require federally licensed firearms dealers to add serial numbers to un-serialized firearms they acquire. When the rule was announced, Garland said it would keep criminals and others barred from owning a gun from using the loophole to acquire […]

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